• Lon Tonneson

    Scholarships For Special Farm Kids

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     by Lon Tonneson
     on March 29, 2014

    As the chief cook and bottle washer at the Dakota Farmer, I see a lot of press releases about scholarships for students. The programs are great. I remember from when my sons were applying for college what a shot in the arm scholarships were for them. So here is an interesting scholarship: The Gerald and Edith Wallace Fund provides multiple scholarship ranging from $2,000 to $10,000 for North Dakota farm kids have a physical disability. “This particular scholarship is very…

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    Blizzard Surprise

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     by Lon Tonneson
     on February 26, 2014

    Ten minutes ago I walked out to the mailbox and the sky was blue, the sun was shining through bright white clouds and there was only a little snow drifting across the highway. Now, the farmstead is socked in. I can’t see much further than the barn, which is a few hundred feet from the house. Beyond it, the world dissolves into white. Had I lived out here in the Red River Valley 125 years ago, I probably wouldn’t have survived the Children’s Blizzard that hit in a similar…

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    Al Gustin's New Book Chronicles Ag Changes

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     by Lon Tonneson
     on November 28, 2013

    Al Gustin’s new book, “Farm Byline” is a good read and it might be a good Christmas gift for someone on your list. Gustin recently retired from a 45-year career as an ag journalist in North Dakota. The book is a collection of the columns he wrote for the North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives between 1974 and today. The columns in the book I liked best were about his own life on the farm and the everyday life of North Dakota farmer and ranchers &ndash…

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  • Lon Tonneson

    Al Gustin's New Book Chronicles Ag Changes

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on November 28, 2013

    Al Gustin’s new book, “Farm Byline,” is a good read and it might be a good Christmas gift for someone on your list. Gustin recently retired from a 45-year career as an ag journalist in North Dakota. The book is a collection of the columns he wrote for the North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives between 1974 and today. The columns in the book I liked best were about his own life on the farm and the everyday life of North Dakota farmer and ranchers &ndash…

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    Rancher Finds Her "Winner Within."

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     by Lon Tonneson
     on April 9, 2013

    I got fired up meeting Holly Hoffman. She ranches with her husband Charlie, near Eureka, S.D., and has become a professional inspirational and motivational speaker. If she is ever speaking at an event near you, take the time to go to listen to her. You won’t be disappointed. In 2010, Hoffman was looking for a new challenge when youngest of her three children entered college. The 44-year-old could have gone back to school herself, gotten a new job in town or even competed in a…

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    Dakota Farmers You Should Meet: Dawn Scheier

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     by Lon Tonneson
     on December 10, 2012

    Dawn Scheier, Salem, S.D., says decided to get more involved in advocating for agriculture when her daughter’s college economics professor told the class -- “you couldn’t you couldn’t find a family farmer if you tried” -- and her daughter stood up and told them about her family farm and spent the rest of the period answering questions about farming and food production. “It was a wake-up call for me,” Dawn told Agriculture United For South Dakota…

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    Favorite Farming Videos

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     by Lon Tonneson
     on November 5, 2012

    Check out the video, “We Built This Country On Family Farms,” by Rachel Schartz and Liz Renner, of the West Central FFA. It’s my favorite video in South Dakota Soybean’s 2012 FFA Video Contest. South Dakota Soybean created the contest to involve youth in the advocacy of today’s modern agriculture and the soybean industry. The contest was open to all high school FFA students in South Dakota. South Dakota Soybean recently posted the top 10 submissions…

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    Farm Rescue To The Rescue

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     by Lon Tonneson
     on May 21, 2012

    Ted Smith, an engineer at Sioux Valley Energy, Colman, S.D., took vacation last week to volunteer at Farm Rescue – the nonprofit that plants and harvests crops for farmers who have suffered a major illness, accident or natural disaster. He was planting soybeans at the Gary and Linda Mark farm near Ypsilanti, N.D. Markhad fallen from ladder and broken his legs earlier in the winter. Smith didn’t know the Marks, but was more than willing to volunteer. “Farm Rescue helped a…

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    Farm Awards --Meet Our Best and Brightesst

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     by Lon Tonneson
     on April 23, 2012

    I had the opportunity to meet Troy and Bobbie Uglem, of Northwood, N.D., the other day. They were recently named one of four National Outstanding Young Farmers by the National Outstanding Young Farmers of America Fraternity. The couple, who began farming in 1999, grow spring wheat, soybeans, winter bean, corn, black turtle beans, dry peas and spearmint. Both Troy and Bobbie are in their 30s. They have four kids. Troy is a North Dakota State University graduate, who farmed with his parents…

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    Recognize The Master Farmer In Your Life

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     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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