FARM BUSINESS NEWS
Ag Rides Fracking Boom
Todd Neeley DTN Staff Reporter
Mon Apr 15, 2013 04:00 PM CDT

OMAHA (DTN) -- It isn't exactly boomtown just yet for farmers in southern Illinois, but in light of the recent drought, an influx of oil and gas money has come at the right time.

A growing number of farmers in the region are entering into lease agreements as new horizontal drilling techniques and expanded use of hydraulic fracturing -- commonly called "fracking" -- have led to interest in improving the production of existing oil and gas wells smack dab in the middle of the Eastern Corn Belt.

Because new drilling technologies are bringing older oil and gas wells back into ...

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