Ag replaced by energy as No. 1 industry
Because of the state’s booming energy industry, agriculture is no longer the biggest industry in North Dakota. According to North Dakota State University research specialist Randal Coon, more than 26 percent of the state’s economic base came from the oil and gas industry in 2011. During the same period, agriculture and federal government expenditures were 23.5 percent. The data tracked for these results include agriculture, manufacturing, oil exploration and extraction, crude oil refining, coal mining and conversion, tourism and federal government payments. The state’s economic base has grown from $13 billion in 1990 to more than $30 billion in 2010. See the article in Dakota Farmer.