• Lon Tonneson

    You Had Better Speak Up on the Renewable Fuel Standard

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on January 23, 2014

    “Please don’t allow corn to be used for gas, we need it for food…” “We must not increase ethanol to E15 level. Ethanol is hard on machinery…” “Use of corn and soybean (for fuel) should be lowered or completed ended. They are planting on marginal land, wasting comondities (sic) for no good reason, driving up prices for food and land…” “Do not change the amount of ethenol (sic) put in gasoline. This is working…

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    Bright Future For Corn, But Does Danger Lurk Around Every Corner?

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on January 18, 2014

    “I think the future is pretty bright for new crop corn… I think we have a lot of [profit] potential,” said Mark Pearson, host of the Market to Market TV show, at the South Dakota Corn Grower Association annual meeting. He said he expects corn to stay around $4 per bushel in 2014. With more aggressive marketing than was required in the past two years, farmers will be able make money on corn, he said. “Are we going back to $2.50, $1.25 [per bushel] corn? Are we going…

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    My 2 Cents On The Renewable Fuel Standard

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     by Lon Tonneson
     on January 16, 2014

    There’s still time to let EPA know what you think of its proposal to cut the Renewable Fuel Standard. EPA wants to cut the RFS requirement from 14 billion gallons of biofuel this year to 13 billion gallons. The corn and ethanol industries make it sound like the world is ending. The deadline for comments is Jan. 28. I haven’t written to the EPA yet, but I’ll give you my two cents worth here. I don’t like mandates. I don’t like the government picking winners…

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    No Small Potatoes ...Or Tomatoes

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on January 8, 2014

    Would a share of $1.3 million market interest you? That’s how much farmers’ market vendors sold in South Dakota in 2013, according to a South Dakota Department of Agriculture estimate. That’s up from $583,000 in 2102. “Farmers’ markets are growing,” says Alison Kiesz, SDDA marketing development director. Sales probably didn’t double from 2012 to 2013 because SDDA is improved its survey methods. But the trend is definitely up and the sales are…

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    5 Tips To Help You Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on January 3, 2014

     I’ve heard five things recently about New Year’s resolutions that might make them easier to keep: Don’t make so many. Bob Mulligan, senior consultant with Dairy Strategies, says to just make one. Make the resolution tiny – real tiny, advises Oliver Burkeman, a columnist for The Guardian and the author of “The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking.” Like, resolve to exercise for 15 seconds. Or commit to having…

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