Great Plains Oil, LLC
The text below outlines Kiowa County's involvement with Great Plains Oil,
now has its own dedicated website located at
|Great Plains Oil, LLC, an organization of local farmers and
citizens has secured the negotiating rights to manufacture and distribute new vegetable oil based products,
which are processed from natural materials, including sunflower oil, soybean oil, and canola oil.
oil has been successfully tested in motor vehicles and promises to be a long term solution
to continuing environmental problems created by petroleum based oils.
|The new oil, which is 98%
biodegradable, was tested in two Ford trucks which were driven coast to coast with no
performance problems whatsoever. A similar oil is currently being used by postal vehicles
in Michigan, primarily because the new natural oil can reduce emissions by as much as 70%.
The vegetable oil based products also include irrigation pump drip oil, and a special formula designed as a dust control agent.
|The interest in natural oil by
Great Plains Oil, LLC first came to light in 1998. Discussions were held with Agro
Management Group, Inc. concerning the possibility of utilizing some of the over 24,000
acres of sunflowers being grown in Kiowa County to provide the base ingredient of the vegetable oil based product. From these discussions Great Plains Oil, LLC was formed.
|In September, the Kiowa County Economic
Development Foundation, Inc. was brought into the process. The Kiowa County Economic
Development Foundation, Inc., is a Kiowa County non-profit organization devoted to
development of economic resources in Kiowa County. Working closely with Great Plains Oil, LLC the development group has successfully provided Great Plains Oil, LLC
with funding to secure exclusive rights to negotiate a production agreement with Agro
Management Group, Inc.
Photo by Dawna Peck
Members of the Kiowa County Economic Development
Foundation and Kiowa County Growers Inc. gather to launch the Kiowa County Sunflower Oil
Pictured (l to r) Commissioner Dutch Eikenberg, Vernie Harris, Eads Chamber of Commerce
President Mike Ullman,
L.D. Nelson, Commissioner Rod Brown, Kiowa County Growers Inc. President Brad Buck,
Sherry Minjarez, Jan Richards, Kiowa County Economic Development Foundation President Rod
Johnson, Phyllis Nelson, and Dennis Pearson.
|The potential impact of the
project on Kiowa County is enormous. If successful, the project looks to eventually
provide 6-12 newly created jobs. The potential for further growth of this industry is staggering, given the
interest in preserving our natural environment. Thus the potential for positive financial
impact this project has for Kiowa County remains a top priority for the Kiowa County
Economic Development Foundation.
|According to Janet Frederick, Executive Director of the
Kiowa County Economic Development Foundation, the
oil seed project is only the first of many planned activities designed to revitalize the
economy of agriculturally based Kiowa County. According to Frederick, "there is a
world of opportunity in Kiowa County for anyone who recognizes the potential of escaping
the congested and crowded Front Range area of Colorado, or anyone who recognizes the
untapped potential we have here".
To learn more about these amazing new products
Great Plains Oil, LLC involvement in their development
and production, please visit the Great Plains Oil, LLC website at