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Stewards of the Land | Balancing Agriculture and Environmental Concerns

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Learn about a five-year Conservation Agriculture Program study involving four test farms in the Devils Lake Basin of North Dakota. The farmers took land out of rotation near wetlands, experimented with “no till” farming practices, and participated in soil testing studies to see if certain conservation practices could increase yields and profits, while also being environmentally friendly.

Water: The Lifeblood | Recycling Water

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The city of Los Angeles, California has run out of sources to gather fresh water from for use in the city. They are now recycling and conserving water, and even though their population has increased by 1 million people they are using the same amount of water they used 20 years ago.

E-Business | The Dos and Don'ts of E-Business

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Hear about the “do’s and don’ts” of doing business on the internet, from a representative of Microsoft Great Plains. The rise of the Internet has provided a new market for North Dakota businesses. With shopping at a store now being as easy as typing in a web address, distance from consumers is becoming less of an issue in the business world.

Inside Energy | Fueling Our Feast: How Fossil Fuels Become Our Food

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Our modern food production system is based on turning fossil fuels into food. It is an incredibly inefficient system, with about 10 units of fossil energy converting to about 1 unit of food energy. It is also unsustainable as populations across the world continue to grow.  In this fun video, Inside Energy's Dan Boyce explains how fossil fuels are, in fact, our food.

Faces of the Oil Patch | Mylo Wisness

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Longtime rancher and North Dakota native Mylo Wisness speaks about how difficult it is for him to watch the landscape change around him. Wisness acknowledges that the boom is good for the state and local economy, but that it does come with some difficulties too. But, as he said, we'll adjust.

Old Red Trail | How Red Trail Came to Be

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Known by many names, the Old Red Trail was first devised in 1913 as the northern transcontinental route from New York to Seattle.  North Dakotans embraced the automobile as it became more reliable, using it to go where the railroad did not for business and pleasure. 

High Risk High | Interview - Lee Erickson

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Erickson is the director of Northern Lights SADD which includes North and South Dakota and Minnesota. Erickson lost his daughter to a drunk driving accident in 1993 shortly after he had proposed a SADD chapter in his area. He didn’t want to educate people on the dangers of drinking and driving, rather to focus on providing positive outlets for recreation and positive peer pressure.

Managing Carbon Dioxide: The Geologic Solution - More Fuel Less Carbon

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The case for continued need for fossil fuels.

Managing Carbon Dioxide: The Geologic Solution - The Phases of Oil Recovery So Far

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Primary, secondary, and tertiary oil recovery are described and illustrated (Using pressure, water, and CO2)

Uganda: Sustainable Tourism | Introduction

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Learn about 6-year CITA project in Uganda on enhancing rural livelihoods with sustainable tourism. Project Director, Dr. Campbell talks about the importance of preserving wildlife.

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