• Lon Tonneson

    Learning From The Masters

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on October 26, 2012

    I’ve been learning from the Masters this past week -- the 2012 Master Farmers, that is. We are going to reveal their identities in the December issue of Dakota Farmer. Master Farmer is one of the oldest recognition programs for active farmers in the nation. It recognizes individuals for their farming and ranching success and their contributions to their family, their communities and their industry. White interviewing this year’s Masters, I have learned one man’s secret to…

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    Farming In The Middle Of North Dakota's Oil Boom

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on October 8, 2012

    I recently made a trip to western North Dakota to see what it’s like farming in the middle of the oil boom. When I hit the heart of the Bakken, I was shocked. What were they doing to land? There were payloaders, backhoes, bulldozers and graders everywhere. It seems farmers can’t clean a ditch, touch slough or covert grassland to cropland without getting into trouble with U.S. Fish and Wildlife, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Ducks Unlimited, the Sierra Club and…

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    Drive To Build More Dairies in South Dakota

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on October 1, 2012

    Two South Dakota milk processors are floating an interesting idea to encourage dairy and other livestock development in the state. Valley Queen Cheese and Lake Norden Cheese are proposing that the sales and excise taxes collected during the construction of a dairy go to county and township where the project is being built being sent to the state. The money could be used by local officials to maintain rural roads. It would amount to about $207 per cow. A 3,500-cow dairy, like the one recently…

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