• Lon Tonneson

    Seed Trait Approval Slowdown

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on December 5, 2013

    I heard an interesting discussion the other day at the Northern Ag Expo in Fargo, N.D., about how new seed traits aren’t getting approved as fast as they used to. It used to take 1-2 years to get new an okay to sell new seed traits. Now it takes 3-4 years to win approval, according to Keith Peltier, of ProSeed, and Carl Peterson, of Peterson Farms Seed. Both men are owners and general managers of regional seed companies based on North Dakota. Peltier and Peterson blamed the delay partly…

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    Biological Barcodes Could Track Food Back To The Farm

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     by Lon Tonneson
     on November 2, 2013

    File this under “gee-whiz technology that might be coming soon.” Or maybe file it under “if you didn’t like premise identification, you’re going to hate this.” An Ohio based company says it is developing a biological barcode that would be injected into or onto produce so that food safety officials can tell what farm it comes from. The technology has its roots biological barcodes. Not long ago, scientists discovered that the bacteria, fungi and other…

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    More Sprayer Smarts Needed With Monsanto's Newest Biotech Crop

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     by Lon Tonneson
     on August 1, 2013

    The new biotech Roundup Ready Xtend Crop System is at least two growing seasons away -- thanks to court-ordered delay for an environmental impact study -- but the training blitz has started. I’ve recently been to Monsanto and Asgrow/DeKalb field days where company representatives talked about what it’s going to take to use the Roundup Ready Xtend Crop System successfully. Roundup Ready® 2 Xtend Soybeans will contain the Genuity® Roundup Ready 2 Yield® trait…

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    Holy Hamburger!

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     by Lon Tonneson
     on January 30, 2012

    Some consumers are already scared of their food. Despite a lack of evidence, they fear that the raw material isn’t safe because it has been genetically modified, that giant meat packers will cut any corner to make a profit and that USDA inspectors are looking the other way all the time. New York Times best-selling author Alex Kava taps into all three fears in her new book, Hotwire. In her ripped-from-the-headlines style, Kava spins a tale where hamburger in school lunches is contaminated…

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    The Beet Goes On -- Or Will It For Roundup Ready Sugarbeets?

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     by Lon Tonneson
     on March 25, 2011

    When I walked into the International Sugarbeet Show in Fargo the other day, I said to the first farmer I met, “so how’s the beet business?   “Great,” he replied, “and it’d be better if we plant get Roundup Ready beets.”   Sugar prices are high for a change and sugarbeet yields last year were high, too. Some fields produced 35-40 tons per acre. Now, the goal is to get every field to produce that much.   The lawsuits over Roundup…

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    If it's Sunday, Lutherans are going to church...and talking about GMOs.

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     by Lon Tonneson
     on August 9, 2010

    I drove to Gackle, N.D., Sunday to attend a meeting at a Lutheran church about genetically engineered crops. The Evangelical Lutheran Church of America – the same branch that is in lots of hot water in conservative North Dakota for saying it is okay for gays to serve as ministers in its churches -- has drafted a social statement on genetic engineering to be voted on in October at a church-wide assembly in Chicago. The ELCA has adopted social statements on many topics including the…

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