Good Place In A Crisis

Inside Dakota Ag

Be thankful to be living in the Dakotas. The capacity to produce energy and food is a good combination in this day and age.

Published on: March 17, 2011

As I watch the Arab revolts and the Japanese nuclear plant fires on TV, I can’t help thinking about what Jay Fisher, director of the North Central Research Station in Minot, N.D., once told me:

North Dakota won’t be a bad place to be if there were a real serious energy crisis – if we can’t import foreign oil and fuel prices rise so much that it become impossible to ship food long distances.

North Dakota can produce its own energy," he said. "We have coal oil, oil, wind and biofuels -- and we can grow our own food.”

That’s not a bad combination in this day and age.