• Lon Tonneson

    Farm Awards --Meet Our Best and Brightesst

    Inside Dakota Ag

     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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    Animal Cruelty Could Be On November Ballot

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on April 9, 2012

    A measure to make abuse of horses, dogs and cats a Class C felony may  be on the November election ballot in North Dakota. The crime is currently classified as a misdemeanor -- the same as assault, battery, vandalism, theft, larceny and trespassing. Misdemeanors are generally punishable by fines and/or up to a year in a county or local jail. The state has approved a group's petition to increase the penalty to a Class C felony. The group now needs to get about…

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    Wasting Time On Pink Slime

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on April 3, 2012

    I’m surprised that the beef industry seems surprised by the pink slime controversy. Two weeks ago, ABC News reported that “its investigation” revealed that 70% of the ground beef sold in U.S. supermarkets contained something critics called pink slime – a filler made by spinning the flecks of beef off trimmings and disinfecting them with ammonia. The industry calls it Lean Finely Textured Beef. Of course, ABC News sensationalized the heck out of the story. It…

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