Energy Voices Telling Their Story

Leaving it better than it was

Agriculture and the energy industry have close ties. In Colorado, the relationship is only getting closer as farmers and ranchers partner with energy companies to explore for oil and natural gas. Farmers lease their land to energy companies to produce oil and natural gas and according to Don Thorn of the Colorado FFA Association farmers…

500 Burritos a day and counting…

500 Burritos a day and counting…

The boom in oil and natural gas production from the Wattenberg oil field is changing fortunes across Northeastern Colorado. Kramer’s Wedge Store is no exception. As the only stop for fuel and food in between the rural oil field and the county seat of Greeley, the Wedge Store has become the most important stop for…

Agriculture Supplier is Growing New Business

Agriculture Supplier is Growing New Business

A staple of the community for many years, Rocky Mountain supply is a retailer of industrial parts and equipment which had focused on the agriculture and transportation sector for many years. With growth in the energy sector, the nature of their business has changed with much of their sales going to oil field trucking and…

Refugio County: Dramatic Growth

Refugio County: Dramatic Growth

Little Refugio County, Texas is an old ranching community. Without the oil and gas wealth of neighboring counties, it has existed predominantly on agriculture and the flow of traffic from a nearby highway — to keep it alive. But now, with production in the nearby Eagle Ford shale booming, the little community is seeing dramatic…

Energy and Education in Carroll County, Ohio

Energy and Education in Carroll County, Ohio

As opportunities for employment in the county grow, Carroll County’s educators are working to ensure their students are prepared to step into the workforce with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed. Carrollton Exempted Village Schools Superintendent David Quattrochi is implementing an aggressive Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program and increasing the district’s coordination…

A big boost for a Contemporary Cook

A big boost for a Contemporary Cook

As a restaurant owner, Erik Truchses is a small businessman that most people wouldn’t think would see a benefit from the expansion of the oil and natural gas industry. But its been a boon for Contemporary Cook Catering and Cafe, his restaurant in Greeley Colorado. Like any business its taken time to grow his relationship…

Opportunities for Employment

Opportunities for Employment

Drilling for oil and natural gas is a complex and difficult process. It requires the combined effort of highly skilled laborers, engineers, equipment operators, etc. The domestic energy boom can only continue to grow and prosper if companies can find and hire these skilled workers. At Aims Community College, Bruce Beardsley is working to train…