Moneyball for cattle is creating an American steak renaissance

Can you imagine paying $150,000 for a prize breeding bull? To the layperson that might seem excessive, but with perfect history on genealogy and great data on the quality of the end product — steak — ranchers can better predict and capture a premium price. Get the full story on how analytics is changing the

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The fastest-growing US city is scrambling to survive the shale boom

As the price of oil rebounds and activity in North Dakota picks up, few believe we’ll return to Minot’s circumstances of 5 years ago. But what if we did? What if the oil boom came back? What steps would we take today to ensure the downside after our boom wasn’t as dramatic as we’ve recently

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U.S. Said to End Iran Oil Waivers After May 2 Expiration

Nothing moved North Dakota’s economy over the last 10-years like oil development and even with the slow down of the past few years, energy still has a massive impact on our economy, our communities, and our government budgets.  All that makes us heavily dependent energy price fluctuations and those are prices that move on large,

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The recycling game is rigged against consumers

Minot recycling has been a contentious topic of late, and for those who support the effort, there are few reasons worthy of a delay. But circumstances far beyond Minot are wreaking havoc on the pillar of American environmentalism and forcing environmentalists to think differently about the practice. And one problem that’s been identified may surprise

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Trade tariffs weigh heavy on big beer bottom lines

When tariffs on aluminum get tossed around as negotiating chips, America’s big beer makers get nervous. When you sell a lot of beer in aluminum cans, even a little tariff can have a big impact. Joe Deaux writing for Bloomberg has the story on the trade-offs that may result from fighting a trade war. It’s

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North Dakota Wrestles With Brine Spills Amid Oil Shale

We love the economic impacts of oil development, but we’re still getting a handle on some of the environmental impacts, saltwater spills being one of the most significant. A USGS report on the full environmental impacts of oil development in the Bakken is coming later this year. Until then, this article is a great primer

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Canadian Refiners Set to Buy More U.S. Oil With Wider Discount

Canada is the only country U.S. oil producers can export to without restrictions, and the oil markets are creating incentives for Canadian refiners to import more U.S. oil.

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No Bust Seen as Dakota Oil Firms Keep Staff Amid Price Drop

The popular story right now is the low oil prices and the bust cycle of the oil industry, but if you’re listening closely, there are a few telling different tale. Are we witnessing a market adjustment? Yes. Is the sky falling? Not according to this report.

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