Posted 2/07/17 (Tue)
By Cecile Wehrman
Nestor Silva, a doctoral student in anthropology from Stanford University, last summer was scouting for a place in which to center his study of the interaction of oil and agriculture in the Bakken region.
Arriving at Tioga, he was struck by the city’s logo on a sign along U.S. 2 -- combining oil pumpers and a wheat field.
“It seems like it’s a big part of the culture and as an anthropologist, that’s what I study,” says Silva.
Now he’s back and ready to spend a year digging into the hypothesis that although agriculture and the oil industry use the land differently, they seem to be balancing one another better than in some other regions of the world.