Category: Plains Speaking

Why does local matter, you ask?

August 28, 2017
Good Earth Market co-op is one of the sponsors of the Montana Local Food Challenge organized by Northern Plains. The Local Food Challenge ends Aug. 31 so you can still participate! Local matters because it supports our local agricultural economy and it supports families in our own communities. Since its origin, the Good Earth Market, 3024 2nd Avenue N., has been a place for Billings and surrounding residents to access fresh, healthy food that wasn’t available in our own community. We quickly...
Categories: Agriculture, Agriculture, Food, Homegrown Prosperity, News, Northern Plains Resource Council, Plains Speaking


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Local Food Challenge: Western Sustainability Exchange

August 23, 2017
In this blog post, we are excited to feature a post from Western Sustainability Exchange and their support of local foods. We are lucky to have their support for this year's Local Foods Challenge! Preserving What’s Best about the West for Future Generations – Open Space, Wildlife Habitat, and Farming & Ranching Heritage – While Strengthening Rural Economies Western Sustainability Exchange (WSE) was founded in 1994 to conserve the abundance of the Northern Rockies including its open spaces; wildlife habitats; soil,...
Categories: Agriculture, Food, Plains Speaking, Uncategorized


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New NAFTA must help workers, family farms, environment

August 16, 2017
As talks begin in renegotiating NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement), it is undeniable that the trade pact has been a disaster for working people, communities and the environment in the United States, Mexico and Canada. For more than two decades, the deal has prioritized corporate profits while offshoring jobs, eroding working-class wages, displacing family farmers, fueling forced migration, increasing medicine costs, rendering food unsafe, polluting our air and water and destabilizing...
Categories: Agriculture, Congress, News, Plains Speaking


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Wheat Montana, not your ordinary farm

August 11, 2017
Not many farms can claim a world record, let alone numerous local and national awards. Yet, Wheat Montana has accomplished all three. They have cut, milled, mixed and baked a loaf of bread in just 8 minutes and 13 seconds, and been honored with the Family Business of the Year, Small Business Person of the Year, and the Best Managed Farm Nationally. Even with so many outstanding accomplishments, many of us know Wheat Montana for their giant cinnamon rolls...
Categories: Agriculture, Agriculture, Northern Plains Resource Council, Plains Speaking


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Eastern Montana drought teaches us to protect our sacred waters

August 9, 2017
This blog ran as the Chair's Column in the Summer 2017 Plains Truth, the voice of the Northern Plains Resource council. The drought in eastern Montana this summer reminds us, yet again, that ranchers and farmers depend on clean, reliable water sources for their livelihoods. This summer, I’ve visited with producers in Dawson, Garfield, Fergus, Petroleum, and Phillips counties; and our conversations never stray far from this latest drought. When people aren’t racing...
Categories: Agriculture, Agriculture, Clean Energy, Clean Water, Climate change, Coal, Fossil Fuels, News, Northern Plains Resource Council, Oil & Gas, Pipeline, Plains Speaking


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Challenge yourself to eat Montana local foods during August

August 2, 2017
I believe that the health and well-being of our Montana families must come first. That's why I support Montana local food first and am proud to be a part of the 2017 Montana Local Food Challenge! Local food is good for our health, our climate, and our communities, and it’s going to be fun to challenge myself to eat something local every day for the month of August! When I challenge myself to eat locally, I support...
Categories: Agriculture, Agriculture, Events, Food, Homegrown Prosperity, News, Northern Plains Resource Council, Plains Speaking


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When we have healthy soil, all Montanans benefit economically

July 12, 2017
Thank you to everyone who took time to be a part of the Soil Crawl outside of Big Timber in June. And thank you to all of you who wish you could have come… we felt your support! We appreciated the Indreland and B Bar ranches, who opened up their space for the benefit of the community, and who hosted Nicole Masters once again, and welcomed Tony Hartshorn and his Bozeman “Ninja” students. It was great...
Categories: Agriculture, Agriculture, Clean Water, Food, News, Northern Plains Resource Council, Plains Speaking


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Montana ranchers say mandatory ID for feeder calves unnecessary

June 27, 2017
The message was very clear – no one at the USDA's Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) Meeting in Billings on May 24 thought that adding feeder calves to the identification requirements was a good idea. This message was delivered by producers in the audience and echoed by panel presenters who were chosen from many different segments of the cattle industry. Joe Goggins, CEO of...
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Still waiting for DEQ rules at Montana’s radioactive dump

June 8, 2017
I’m a rancher near Glendive, and I live just downstream from Montana’s first radioactive oil waste facility. What’s radioactive oil waste? During the drilling process, radioactive material buried within the earth is brought to the surface. Oil and gas producers end up not only with oil and natural gas, but also with radioactive produced water, sludge, filter socks, and even radioactive pipes and processing equipment. It’s not the product they bargained for. It’s also a particularly...
Categories: Agriculture, Agriculture, Clean Water, News, Northern Plains Resource Council, Oil & Gas, Oil and gas, Plains Speaking


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Take advice this weekend from the best stewards of the land

June 6, 2017
Ranchers are traditionally some of the best stewards of the land. On average, they do more for water, grasslands, and wildlife conservation than any other property owners in the West. A professor of mine recently reiterated this fact during a lecture, and some of my classmates were vocally skeptical of such a claim. It’s understandable, I guess. For a number of decades, the dominant narrative in some environmental circles was that only certain types of human use of the land...
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