• Lon Tonneson

    Dakota names at Ag Media summit

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on July 28, 2010

    The names of a couple Dakota farmers came up while I was visiting with companies exhibiting at the annual Ag Media Summit in St. Paul, Minn., this week. Dan Forgey, Gettsyburg, S.D., is on the cover of the latest Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education report. He received a SARE grant to test the introduction of crop crops in an 8,500 acre no-till system. Assisted  by researchers from USDA, SDSU and other institution, Forgey found that on his farm a mix of trurnips…

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    New ethanol strategy

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on July 19, 2010

    I like it – some of the major players in the ethanol industry are proposing an end to the blender tax credit.   That’s got to be a first – an industry saying it’s time to end its subsidy.   Maybe now National Public Radio will get off ethanol’s back.   And the Tea Party ought to be happy.   Growth Energy suggests shifting the blender tax credit – which now goes to oil companies to encourage them to buy and blend ethanol with their…

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    Redstone Feeders

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on July 14, 2010

    A few years ago, Redstone Feeders, DeSmet, S.D. built two three-sided 100 x 1,200 foot monoslope finishing barns. Some people call them the "Cattle Castles." The Wilkinson brothers -- Bill, Todd and Ed -- built the barns thinking that the barns would pay off most in the winter, when they protect cattle from the cold and snow. “The big surprise was the gain we saw in the cattle in the summertime,” Bill Wilkinson said at the feedlot’s recent open house…

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    Food bubble -- How Wall Street Starved Millions and Got Away With It

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on July 5, 2010

      Interesting report in the left-leaning Harper’s Magazine called the "The Food Bubble." It’s about the 2008 run-up in wheat prices.   The article is subtitled "How Wall Street starved millions and got away with it." As author Frederick Kaufman tells it, Goldman Sachs was at the heart of the crisis. It created a commodity index fund and figured out a bunch of tricks like they did in the mortgage market to make money without taking any risk. Basically, brokers were…

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    Chicago & Ethanol

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on July 1, 2010

    I was in Chicago this week for a company meeting. That’s one place that can use a lot more ethanol. “We calculate that if a single flex fuel vehicle is fueled with E85 instead of gasoline for a year, it prevents 4 tons of emissions from entering our air,” says Robert Moffitt, a spokesperson for the American Lung Association in North Dakota. The Clean Air Choice Team, which includes the American Lung Association in North Dakota, has launched an advertising campaign that…

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