• Lon Tonneson

    Recognize The Master Farmer In Your Life

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on February 27, 2012

    It’s time to nominate a farmer or rancher you know for the Dakota Farmer’s Master Farmer award. Master Farmer is an award for men or women who are actively farming or ranching. It recognizes them for their farm or ranch management achievements and their involvement in their communities, schools, churches, industry groups or other organizations. Each year, two farmers or ranchers from North Dakota and South Dakota are recognized as Master Farmers. To download a nomination form, go…

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    Great News About New Ag Processing Plants

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on February 22, 2012

    Northern Beef Packers is about to open in Aberdeen, S.D. The plant will process 200 head of cattle per day when it opens and will have the capacity to process 1,500 head per day per shift. Bel Brands USA, headquartered in Chicago, is going to start construction on a new cheese plant in Brooking, S.D., this summer. The factory will have the capacity to process the milk from 15,000 cows. Bel Brands, which has two other plants in the U.S., makes Laughing Cow and other gourmet snack…

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    Kudos For Ag's Pet Rescuers

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on February 17, 2012

    Kudos to the folks at the North Dakota State University’s North Central Research Extension Center. They were recently honored by state ag and emergency services departments for providing shelter to pets during the 2011 flood in Minot. The NCREC staff housed more than 500 hogs, cats, rabbits, iguanas, birds, snakes and other pets the center’s garages, machine sheds and seed warehouses. The first of the animals began arriving in May when the Mouse River began rising and the last…

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    Signs In The Night Sky

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on February 7, 2012

    Jay Bursch, a Glenn Ullin, N.D., amateur sunspot and aurora borealis watcher, sent me an interesting letter the other day. It details the number of auroras, or northern lights, he has documented by month since 1981. There are more 2,250. Bursch, who has been quoted by ABC News and several aurora borealis societies, thinks that di auroras, or northern lights, can tell us what’s driving climate change. Auroras are caused by sunspots and solar flares. The more solar flares, the theory…

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