• Lon Tonneson

    In Hog Heaven in South Dakota

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on March 25, 2012

    I’ve had pork prepared about every way I can imagine it – barbequed, pulled, smothered with mushroom sauce, grilled, on a stick. They are all umm umm good. But I’ve never had pork with ice cream. Not pork and then big dish of ice cream as a dessert, but pork in ice cream. Until tonight. I was at the South Dakota Pork Producers Council's Taste of Elegance in Sioux Falls. Pork with ice cream was one of the dishes offered by one of the professional chefs competing in the…

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    Race To Plant On the Farm: And Winner Is...

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on March 12, 2012

    You know spring for Dakota farms is just around the corner – or it’s already arrived – when the temperature reaches 70 degrees F like is has recently. But, I bet you’re not the first farm to be in the field. Dale and Rena Hebda, Mission Hill, S.D., were already planting when I visited last week. The Hebdas – who grow vegetables and fruit for sale at theri farm and at farmers markets, retail outlets and schools – were planting lettuce and other…

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    Crop Insurance – Too Good?

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on March 2, 2012

    “What da ya mean crop insurance should be improved? It’s so good now, it is almost embarrassing,” the caller on the phone hollered. I was expecting to hear from readers about my editorial, “Time to improve crop insurance” (Feb. 2012), but not this. “When I go to the bank,” the caller continued, “I almost can’t look the teller in eye – I’m getting a bigger premium subsidy for from the crop insurance than she’s getting…

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