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ISSUE DATE: 12/02/2013

Oil boomtown creates challenges

By Larry Dreiling

In 1951, Amerada Petroleum Corp. discovered oil in the Bakken formation of western and central North Dakota. The company—now known as Hess Corp.—and many other operators, have been exploring for oil and natural gas in the area ever since.

The U.S. Geological Survey indicates as much as 4.3 billion barrels of oil and natural gas lays inside the shale of the 24,000-square mile Bakken field, making North Dakota second only to Alaska with the largest proven reserves of oil and natural gas in the United States.

But these production firms couldn’t get more than a trickle of oil from the dense, nonporous shale that lay two miles underground.

That all began to change as early as 1976, when the old U.S. Bureau of Mines began pilot testing hydraulic fracturing of shale. It wasn’t until the late 1990s when fracking—as the technique became known—of shale, took off. The process—technically known as slickwater fracturing—was then tried in a formation similar to the Bakken near Fort Worth, Texas, known as the Barnett Shale.


NEWS

CommonGround volunteers discuss food on popular morning show
Despite rains, many reservoirs remain critically low
Family Christmas tree business has timeless roots
Family physician separates fact from fiction about antibiotic resistance
Ghanaian cardinal seeks dialogue on hunger
No progress seen in farm bill talks
Oil boomtown creates challenges
Studies confirm breadfruit's ability to repel insects
Study finds offering healthier school snacks helps kids make healthier choices at home
U.S. Senate committee proposes changing tax rules for agriculture
USDA reminds producers of Dec. 2 sales closing date for noninsurable crops
USDA solicits new bids for the Feedstock Flexibility Program

CROPS

Checkoff study: Animal ag demand for U.S. soybean meal grows
Disease-resistant peas developed for release
Farm tractor sales fall
Food Dialogues: Iowa provided much discussion
K-State Agricultural Lender Survey takes another look at 2013 and future agricultural lending condit
MU Crop Management Conference will highlight cover crops
New AgriLife Extension agent hired for Potter County
New chairman elected to lead Colorado State Fair Board of Authority
No-till organic crop rotation workshop planned
Panhandle Agricultural Summit Dec. 12-13 in Gering
Progressive Nutrition to pay $125,000 for settlement of federal pesticide violations
RFA outlines legal issues surrounding proposed Renewable Fuel Standard rule
Rickert installed as ASFMRA president
Understanding changing seasonal dry bean price patterns
UNL Extension to host no-till organic crop rotation workshop
USDA: Certification gets conservation easements on the ground faster

LIVESTOCK

Anderson Land & Cattle wins Red Angus Grid Master Award
Cattle on feed numbers released
Corporate farming document provides background for KLA policy discussions
CSU management books available
Dairy economists offer new farm bill dairy safety net alternative
Economist: Expanding livestock production could add value to corn
Feikert Red Angus wins Grid Master Award
Gifts exceed $1M to help South Dakota ranchers
Iowa beef producers go on trade mission to South Korea, Japan
KOMA Beef Cattle Conference at Joplin Regional Stockyards set for January
Livestock insurance can protect against price losses
MU Extension 'Redbook' for cattlemen now available
North American Junior Red Angus Event announces 2014 Legacy Heifer Project winner
Prevent toxemia in sheep and goats by managing winter nutrition
Protect livestock from harsh winter conditions
Putting beef sustainability into context
Ratcliff Ranch to have cattle handling event with renowned expert
Sale of Champions features young people from 6 states at 2013 North American International Livestock
Show-Me-Select heifers average $2,127 at Nov. 15 sale
Single case of bovine tuberculosis discovered
South Dakota sends beef trade mission to Russia
Study examines milk replacer carbohydrate sources
U.S. pork consumption increases during Chinese holiday season
USCA: COOL lawsuit proceeding
USDA releases report from its Sheep 2011 study
Winter Roundup 'succeeding in an industry of opportunity'

EDITOR

Extension exasperation
The 50-year vision for Kansas water: The time is now
The weather alert

COLUMNS

Be thankful for your blessings
Biofuel advocates push back against EPA's proposal for renewable fuels
Climate change: How do we treat the earth's fever?
Company adds to diesel fuel product line
Help me, help you, help us all
Thankful for American entrepreneurialism

MARKETS

Apache livestock auction report
Arkansas livestock auction report
Below normal temps recorded South Dakota
Below normal temps, precipitation sweep state Kansas
Colorado livestock auction report
Denison feeder cattle sales report
Dry conditions allow harvest to wrap up Nebraska
Ericson livestock auction report
Georgia livestock auction summary
Grain market close
Grains close higher
Hay trade slow
High Plains slaughter news report
Joplin regional livestock sales report
Lexington livestock auction report
Most hay classes steady, some areas weaker
Most of state receives some precipitation Wyoming
Newell sheep sales report
November brings mixed weather Montana
Pratt livestock auction report
Rains limit harvest, fieldwork progress Missouri
Salina livestock auction report
Texas direct feeder cattle summary
Tulsa livestock sales report
Woodward livestock sales report

RANGE

Alfalfa study may help growers determine returns as water resources dwindle

FAMILY

Buying and caring for a real Christmas tree
Edgewood has grand features inside and out
Encouragement
Enjoy favorite produce all year long
Fall is a great time to mulch
Gardening tips for December
Make over your holiday meals with MyPlate
Manage the millipede invasion
Meditation
Planting daffodils
QUWF announces wildlife ambassador position
Registered dietitian: Push processed trans fats aside
Take steps to ensure pets stay safe during cold winter months

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