• Lon Tonneson

    Thanks For All You Do

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on December 26, 2011

    Walt Bones, South Dakota’s secretary of agriculture and a Parker, S.D. farmer, feeder, and dairyman, said something interesting the other day about all the time farmers and rancher spend volunteering and otherwise serving their communities. “It was about this time last year when I was contacted by a member of the governor’s search committee and asked if I would be interested in serving South Dakota’s agriculture industry [as secretary of agriculture],” he wrote…

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    Farm Wetlands -- A New Spirit of Cooperation?

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on December 18, 2011

    I talked to Mary Podoll, the new Natural Resources Conservation Service state conservationist in North Dakota, the other day and was surprised and pleased by what she told me. Podoll said she wants NRCS to improve its farm "customer service." When a producer submits a request to install drain tile or to maintain a ditch on a farm, Podoll says she'd like NRCS to be able get its wetland determination done more quickly, perhaps in just a few months. She also said she'd like NRCS to be less…

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    An End To The Gold Rush In Grain?

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on December 12, 2011

    Rick Browne, CHS senior vice-president for grain marketing, had an interesting presentation at the Prairie Grains Conference in Grand Forks last week. It was about the end of the "gold rush" in grain. Browne, who has more than 30 years of experience in the grain marketing with CHS, doesn't buy the idea that we've reached a new plateau in grain prices, or that the world's population growth is going to keep grain prices this high forever. The grain market has always been, and probably always…

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    Impressed By New Ag Leaders in N.D.

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on December 2, 2011

    I am impressed with the new leaders of the North Dakota Farmers Union and North Dakota Farm Bureau. They may represent a new era for Dakota agriculture. Elwood Woody Barth was elected president of the North Dakota Farmers Union in November. He replaces Robert Carlson, who decided not to run after holding the post for 15 years. Barth has served as vice president of the organization since December of 2008. He was first elected to the State Board of Directors in 2003 as the District 5 Director…

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