• Lon Tonneson

    We Will Survive

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on January 27, 2009

    “We made it through the 1930s. We made it through the wars. We made it through the epidemics ... [we] will survive this as well,” said South Dakota Secretary of Ag Bill Even.   He was talking recently about the South Dakota State Fair that may lose its $750,000 in state funding in face of budget shortfall.   But I think his comments apply to a lot more.   It seems like every news report these days is about job cuts, poor prices and he collapsing economy.   Even offers some balance…

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    More Than Just Another Award

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on January 19, 2009

    More Than Just Another Award   By Lon Tonneson   Congratulations to Fred Ligtenberg, Corsica, S.D.   He’s the winner of the South Dakota Pork Producer Council’s first Pork Environmental Stewardship Award.   But this isn’t just an award story. Lightenberg is a contract hog finisher for Murphy Brown.   Remember when some critics said Murphy’s plan to start contract finishing hogs in South Dakota would end up polluting the state and reducing farmers who put up barns to mere slaves to an…

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    Good News and Bad News

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on January 12, 2009

    Good news for ethanol Tharaldson Ethanol is firing up. The Casselton, N.D., ethanol plant finished construction and hopes to begin turning out ethanol within the week. Amid all the doom and gloom about renewable energy it was good to hear the announcement. Poet, which is headquartered in Sioux Falls and has plants all around the Cornbelt made an announcement., too. It is beginning to operate its cellulosic ethanol pilot plant at Scotland, S.D. The Renewable Fuel Association is lobbying…

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    Welcome

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on January 7, 2009

    Welcome to my blog. I hope to give your some inside information on what’s happening in the agriculture in Dakotas.   Sodsaver is on my mind at the moment. The South Dakota Corn Growers Association alerted me that time is running out for farmers to make their views on this new program known. Sodsaver would prevent farmers from buying crop insurance for five years on land that is converted from native sod. It applies to the Prairie Pothole Region, which by many definitions, includes most of the…

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