• Lon Tonneson

    Ag & Oil: Which Is Bigger In North Dakota?

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on October 11, 2013

    Is ag or oil North Dakota’s biggest industry? It matters for a couple reasons. There are the bragging rights, of course. And the top industry will likely get more attention from lawmakers. Policies made now will affect the future the industry. Here’s the facts on the size of ag and oil, as reported recently by the Grand Forks Herald: In the 12 months ending July 30, the value of crude oil and natural gas produced in North Dakota totaled $24.9 billion, based on…

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    Farm Bill Shopping List

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on August 8, 2013

    Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) recently sent a letter to the House and Senate Ag Committee leaders listing 15 things she wants them to include in the Farm Bill. It’s a pretty good list. The 15 things are: Create an option for a farm-level commodity program. To ensure the program reflects the losses that occur for North Dakota growers and growers in other states with large-sized counties, it is important the option to elect into a farm-level program is provided. Each year North…

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    New Livestock, Specialty Crop Projects Proposed In N.D.

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on May 3, 2013

    A new livestock auction, a new regional processing plant and new small market crops are among some of the new ag projects percolating in North Dakota. The North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission (APUC) will review funding requests for seven projects totaling $381,065 at its quarterly meeting next week. APUC is a program of the North Dakota Department of Commerce which administers grant programs for researching and developing new and expanded uses for North Dakota…

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    Bring Back TIP In New Farm Bill

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on April 29, 2013

    Congress ought to bring back the Transition Incentive Program. The program gave landowners an additional two years of payment if they rented or sold land coming out the Conservation Reserve Program to beginning farmers. TIP helped Richie and Michael Heinrich, Medina, N.D. Richie is a recent graduate from North Dakota State University and Michael is a senior at NDSU. Both are back home farming with their father and starting their own operations. “We were lucky to have landowners…

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    Impressed By New Ag Leaders in N.D.

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on December 2, 2011

    I am impressed with the new leaders of the North Dakota Farmers Union and North Dakota Farm Bureau. They may represent a new era for Dakota agriculture. Elwood Woody Barth was elected president of the North Dakota Farmers Union in November. He replaces Robert Carlson, who decided not to run after holding the post for 15 years. Barth has served as vice president of the organization since December of 2008. He was first elected to the State Board of Directors in 2003 as the District 5 Director…

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