• Lon Tonneson

    No Secret To Success For This Master Farmer -- Just Faith

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on December 31, 2012

    Ricky Lawlar says doesn’t know the secret to success. But he says he’s learned what helps him sleep at night despite the big risks of weather, markets and trade policy that are beyond his control “Do everything you can and then put it in God’s hands,” says Lawlar, Watford City, N.D. “God does the rest.” Lawlar was recently named one of four Master Farmers by the Dakota Farmer. But there’s a flipside to philosophy. “We had…

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    Advice From A Master Farmer: Invest In Yourself

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on December 24, 2012

    Ernest Krabbenhoft, another of our four Master Farmers of 2012, had some good advice on how to success for his daughter: “Invest in yourself.” “His idea was that you can’t control stock markets or commodities markets or the weather, but you can put your trust and money in yourself, as that is about the only thing you can control,” says Jayne Krabbenhoft, who operates her own farm. “I think it was this sort of thinking that brought our family’s…

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    Meet A South Dakota Master Farmer

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on December 20, 2012

    “I like the fact that I’m growing a crop that is used directly for human food,” says David Iverson, a soybean grower from Astoria, S.D., and one of four farmers and ranchers recently recognized with a Master Farmer award from Dakota Farmer. Master Farmer is the oldest farmer award program in the U.S. It recognizes active agricultural producers for their farm and ranch achievements and their civic contributions. Iverson, 53, is chairman of the World Initiative for…

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    Dakota Farmers You Should Meet: Dawn Scheier

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on December 10, 2012

    Dawn Scheier, Salem, S.D., says decided to get more involved in advocating for agriculture when her daughter’s college economics professor told the class -- “you couldn’t you couldn’t find a family farmer if you tried” -- and her daughter stood up and told them about her family farm and spent the rest of the period answering questions about farming and food production. “It was a wake-up call for me,” Dawn told Agriculture United For South Dakota…

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