Industry News

The First Successful Sugar Beet Factory in the United States?

The First Successful Sugar Beet Factory in the United States? By: Robert M. Harveson, Extension Plant Pathologist ⋅ Star-Herald Farm & Ranch ⋅ February 21, 2016 After gaining a place in Europe, numerous attempts were made to introduce sugar beet production in the United States. The first effort to grow sugar beets was in 1830 in Philadelphia … Read More

Twin Cities Craft Spirits Owner Discusses Creating BET Vodka from Distilled Sugarbeets

Twin Cities Craft Spirits Owner Discusses Creating BET Vodka from Distilled Sugarbeets By: Sam Schaust, Twin Cities Business ⋅ January 25, 2016 Minnesota is in the midst of a craft beer and spirits boom, and entrepreneurs are starting to get innovative to set themselves apart. Ben Brueshoff and Jerad Poling, founders of BET, are no exception: … Read More

Who Knew? Beet Juice is Used to Keep Kansas City Streets Safe During Winter Storms

Who Knew? Beet Juice is Used to Keep Kansas City Street Safe During Winter Storms By: Kyle J Smith, KCUR 89.3 • Jan 29, 2016  Salt gets all the credit for de-icing our roads during wintry weather, but it turns out it’s not a solo operation. The Kansas City office of the Missouri Department of Transportation … Read More

Western Sugar Agronomist: No lab test can differentiate between GMO, non-GMO sugar

By Sandra Hansen Posted December 13th, 2015 by Star-Herald So, what about GMO sugar? Ask Michael Ann Relka, agronomist with Western Sugar Cooperative in Scottsbluff, and Rebecca Larson, agronomist in plant pathology at Western’s Denver, Colo., office, and you will get an earful. Keep in mind that Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) include plants that have been … Read More

Stepping back in time…”The Beetdiggers” remind us of our roots

By Julian Craveiro Posted October 20th, 2015 by Brush News-Tribune In honor of beet season I thought it appropriate that we look at a historical building that, although is not here anymore, is a key piece of this community’s history. Beet farming in the 1800’s is what drove the local economy of Morgan County. Fort Morgan and Brush … Read More

Sugar beet waste product touted as billion-dollar ‘wonder material’

Sugar beet waste product touted as billion-dollar ‘wonder material’ Posted September 16th, 2015 by Reuters Media A Scottish company which has developed a material made from sugar beet waste believes the sky is the limit – literally. Cellucomp says its Curran product is twice as strong as carbon fibre and could one day be used … Read More

How Sweet It Is

How Sweet It Is Posted April 20, 2015 by Mollee Francisco, Chaska Herald For more than a century, sugar has been the name of the game at 1060 Stoughton Ave. in Chaska. The sugar factory — now owned by United Sugars Corp. — has been churning out the sweet stuff on the eastern edge of downtown … Read More