• Lon Tonneson

    Corn, Soybean Growers Hear Good News

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     by Lon Tonneson
     on February 28, 2013

    I attended the North Dakota corn and soybean conventions the past week. The North Dakota Soybean Growers Assocaition and North Dakota Corn Growers Association are very optimistic about the future for their members. North Dakota is well positioned to ship more soybeans to China and southeast Asia. The state, I learned, can produce soybeans for less than anywhere else in the U.S. and has the lowest transportation costs to China and southeast Asia. …

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    Farmers Raise Money For Food Banks

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     by Lon Tonneson
     on February 21, 2013

    It is pretty cool that farmers in the Dakotas have raised a lot of money recently for food banks. The South Dakota Corn Growers Association raised $25,000 for Feeding South Dakota, an organization that supplies food banks in South Dakota North Dakota and South Dakota Farmers Union members raised more than $26,600 for food banks as part of a national challenge. At the SDCGA’s recent annual meeting, Mark Gross, SDCGA president, challenged each member to give $100. Each…

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    Farmers You Should Meet: Travis and Renae Gebhart

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     by Lon Tonneson
     on February 15, 2013

    Being open to change has paid off for Travis and Renae Gebhart since they returned to the family ranch. The South Dakota State University graduates returned to the Gebhart family ranch near Meadow, S.D., in 2002. They ranch with Travis’ parents, Mike and Jane Gebhart, and Travis’ younger brother, Dalton, and his wife, Sara. The three families each own their own land and cattle, but all work together. The ranch used to be primarily a commercial cow-calf operation with some…

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    Changing On Climate Change

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     by Lon Tonneson
     on February 11, 2013

    I haven’t been a big believer in man-made global warming or climate change. But I recently gained a new appreciation of what some global warming beleivers are worried about. I was in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., recently, attending a BASF Innovations Symposium (tough duty, I know), and I stayed in the Westin Hotel right on the beach. The hotel was, literally, right on the beach. If it had been any closer to the Atlantic Ocean, we would have had needed boat to get the lobby. It…

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    Organic Conference Draws Big Crowd

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     by Lon Tonneson
     on February 4, 2013

    Every couple years, I attend the Northern Plains Sustainable Ag Society’s winter meeting to see what’s going on in organic business. North Dakota and South Dakota are among the leading organic grain producing states in the U.S. This year’s meeting in Aberdeen, S.D., was well attended -- a record 500 people registered. NPSAS offers something for everybody in the organic business. There were sessions for grain growers, livestock producers, gardeners and even…

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