• Lon Tonneson

    The Meat Racket

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on February 24, 2014

    The question of whether vertical integration in the poultry and swine industries, and packer concentration in the beef industry, is good or bad is a moot point. It’s how we do business today and it is here to stay. But you might like the new book, “The Meat Racket,” by Christopher Leonard. It’s about how Tyson Foods was founded and how it grew. What I like best about the book are the stories about the farmers — especially John Tyson, who founded the company. He…

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    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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    Swine Flu Fallout Is Making Me Sick

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on April 27, 2009

    Like the folks at the South Dakota Pork Producers Council, I'm sick -- but not with the flu.   We're sick from swine flu fallout. Hog prices were limit down part of the day.   And pork council officials were busy answering the question, “Is pork safe to eat?”   Of course pork is safe to eat. You can’t get the flu from food. You get it from other people. The connection to swine isn't as direct as most people think. The virus is a combination of those found in humans, birds and…

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    More Than Just Another Award

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on January 19, 2009

    More Than Just Another Award   By Lon Tonneson   Congratulations to Fred Ligtenberg, Corsica, S.D.   He’s the winner of the South Dakota Pork Producer Council’s first Pork Environmental Stewardship Award.   But this isn’t just an award story. Lightenberg is a contract hog finisher for Murphy Brown.   Remember when some critics said Murphy’s plan to start contract finishing hogs in South Dakota would end up polluting the state and reducing farmers who put up barns to mere slaves to an…

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