• Lon Tonneson

    Earth. Beer. Fire

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on October 30, 2013

    Earth. Beer. Fire. Those words in an email got my attention. Turned out the email was a press release from Rogue Farm, an Oregon operation where a craft brewer grows malting barley. Theirs was not a fancy pants, touchy feeling story about how they carefully nurture the tiny barley plants and eventually make malt. They didn’t try to make the point that they were good farmers by shooting a video cartoon of a cute-looking scarecrow picking hops out of a garden like Chipotle…

    Continue Reading


  • Lon Tonneson

    How To Describe Your Farm To Consumers

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on January 22, 2013

    I picked up some good tips on how to talk to non-farmers about agriculture at the Precision Agriculture Summit in Jamestown, N.D. Sarah Bedgar Wilson, who was one of the featured speakers, said to use terms that consumers understand. She farms with her husband, Jeremy, near Jamestown, and is an active agricultural advocate. Her blog is called “Farmer On A Mission.” When trying to explain the impact their farm has on their local economy, she tells people how many places in…

    Continue Reading