• Lon Tonneson

    Suprise in Huron, S.D.

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on October 13, 2010

    People apparently know a lot less about farming than I thought. The Huron, S.D., Chamber of Commerce ag committee planted a demonstration field this year to show the public what a difference technology makes in food production.   I thought they were talking about biotech versus non-biotech.   But no, they were comparing growing crops with and without fertilizer, herbicides or the latest plant genetics.The demo apparently made a big impact on the consumers who saw the field…

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  • Lon Tonneson

    Open Fields -- A Bridge To Nowhere

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on October 6, 2010

    I say give the money back. USDA is going to award North Dakota $300,000 soon under the new $50-million Open Fields program. In the spirit of a “Bridge To Nowhere,” North Dakota ought to give the money back. Open Fields is a new program – dreamed up by Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) and others in 2003 – to pay farmers and ranchers to open private land to the public for hunting, fishing, bird watching and other wildlife activites. It’s a nice idea, but it doesn’t…

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