Former Osage Bio Energy Plant Up and Running Under New Ownership

An ethanol plant in Hopewell, Virginia that sat idle since 2010 has begun operations under its new owner.

Vireol Bio Energy LLC originally had planned to dismantle the plant and ship the equipment to its plant in the UK. The company reconsidered and decided to open the plant after production slowed in England.

Osage Bio Energy completed the plant in 2010 but never opened it. Vireol’s investor, Future Capital Partners, later bought the plant for $13 million.

The plant will produce ethanol from corn and other grains.

Clemson Releases 21 New Crop Varieties

Clemson University plant breeders have released 21 new crop varieties for South Carolina and southeastern farmers.

The S.C. Crop Improvement Association Review Board approved four Roundup Ready varieties of soybeans, nine sorghum varieties suitable for bioenergy and eight cotton varieties jointly released with the USDA research center in Florence.

New soybean varieties, developed by Clemson plant breeder Emerson Shipe, will provide more options for farmers. The New cotton varieties from USDA plant breeder Todd Campbell will improve fiber quality, and he new sorghum varieties are bred for bioenergy.

Grain Bin Rescue Course Being Offered

Today is the last day to RSVP for participation in the Grain Bin Rescue Course being offered in Belhaven, North Carolina on Saturday.  Class gets underway at 8:00 am and last as long as necessary.  Call 252-943-3061 ext 2 to RSVP.

FDA Extends Comment Period on Food Safety Rule

According to The Hill – the Food and Drug Administration is delaying the estimated 150-million dollar food safety rule that would establish new sanitary requirements for truck drivers, shippers and trains transporting human and animal food across the country. The rule would affect more than 83,000 transportation companies. FDA says the goal of the proposed rule – which would require transporters to refrigerate the food and clean their vehicles between loads – is to ensure transportation practices don’t create food safety risks. FDA notes isolated incidents of insanitary transportation practices for human and animal food – and outbreaks and illnesses cause by contamination of these foods during transport – have resulted in concerns over the past decades about the potential that food can become contaminated during transportation. FDA has extended the comment period on this rule through July 30th.

A native of the Texas Panhandle, Rhonda was born and raised on a cotton farm where she saw cotton farming evolve from ditch irrigation to center pivot irrigation and harvest trailers to modules. After graduating from Texas Tech University, she got her start in radio with KGNC News Talk 710 in Amarillo, Texas.