Category: Plains Speaking

Don’t cede control over Montana seed, oppose SB 155

March 20, 2017
In direct contradiction to Montana values, the state Senate passed a bill last week that will completely eliminate local control over one of our most valuable natural resources: seed. Senate Bill 155, sponsored by Sen. Mike Lang, R-Malta, takes away the rights of farming communities with sweeping language that preempts local decision-making power. It’s an unnecessary corporate solution in search of a problem, and should be soundly rejected by the Legislature and Gov. Steve Bullock. Proponents say that SB 155 is...
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On International Women’s Day, we reflect on female leadership

March 8, 2017
  Kate French Chief among the many stubborn, false ideas about the rural West is that men have always been the heroes: the cowboys, the ranchers, the warriors. But, in truth, this has never been the case because women were always there. Women were not only working the land, but also fighting for it. And in Northern Plains’ history, they weren’t simply shoulder to shoulder with the guys; they were often out front first. Helen Waller said it all with these words when...
Categories: Agriculture, Coal, Northern Plains Resource Council, Plains Speaking, Tongue River Railroad, Uncategorized


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Congressional Review Act – the most dangerous law you’ve never heard of

March 2, 2017
  Working on my ranch means I spend every day enjoying what we’re blessed with as Montanans- our clean air and water, our working rural landscapes, and our unique quality of life. Montanans enjoy an unrivaled connection to the land; a connection that our rural communities depend on. I’m grateful to live in a place where often the only sounds I hear are songbirds and where being a neighbor still means something. I know that we have it lucky. But...
Categories: Agriculture, Clean Water, Coal, Northern Plains Resource Council, Oil & Gas, Oil and gas, Plains Speaking


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Winning against long odds

February 23, 2017
The epic battle to defeat the Tongue River Railroad and what we can learn from it today The Tongue River Railroad would have cut right through here on my place. Quite a few folks associate Northern Plains Resource Council with the Tongue River Railroad. It’s a huge part of our history – Northern Plains has been around for 44 years and we fought the damned railroad for 37 of those years. To me, the story is interesting. It has a lot...
Categories: Agriculture, Agriculture, Coal, Coal, Landowner Rights, Northern Plains Resource Council, Plains Speaking, Tongue River Railroad, Uncategorized


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Northern Plains: Now more than ever

January 23, 2017
Northern Plains: Now more than ever I’ve spent the past several months in a period of reflection. And when I first started thinking about this post, it was going to be a recitation of our myriad wins this last year. But then the election happened, and people got bummed. Like, really bummed. I saw a glimmer of hope this last weekend shine through at the Montana Women’s March though. Nearly 10,000 people marched...
Categories: Agriculture, Clean Energy, Coal, Good Neighbor Agreement, Homegrown Prosperity, Oil & Gas, Plains Speaking, Tongue River Railroad, Uncategorized


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Representative Zinke should embrace stewardship at Interior

January 13, 2017
Note: The U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources has set a Tuesday, Jan. 17, confirmation hearing for Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., to be Secretary of the Interior. His nomination must be confirmed by the full Senate.  Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Montana Secretaries of the Interior are called to be public stewards. On behalf of all Americans, they oversee our great national heritage of forests, grasslands, fisheries, national parks, wildlife, waterways, and mineral wealth.  Congressman Ryan Zinke, if approved for his nomination...
Categories: Agriculture, Clean Energy, Coal, Congress, Landowner Rights, Northern Plains Resource Council, Plains Speaking, Tongue River Railroad, Uncategorized


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Standing up, speaking out, and fighting for things we love

December 29, 2016
In today's uncertain political climate, many of us are thinking about how we can truly make a difference for our communities. As a long-time member of the Northern Plains Resource Council I've been fortunate to witness the many ways in which Montanans can affect how things turn out – standing up, speaking out, and fighting for the things they love about Montana. While I may not always be able to participate at this level, I can rest assured that there’s...
Categories: Agriculture, Clean Energy, Coal, Good Neighbor Agreement, Homegrown Prosperity, Northern Plains Resource Council, Oil & Gas, Plains Speaking, Tongue River Railroad, Uncategorized


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The case for sustainable meat production

November 10, 2016
The following is an excerpt from Defending Beef, a book by California rancher Nicolette Hahn Niman. Hahn Niman will be the keynote speaker at the Northern Plains Annual Meeting at 10:15 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19. The public is invited to attend her talk, the many panel sessions, silent auction, and entertainment. Register for one session or the whole meeting, which begins Friday, Nov. 18. “[W]e need people in agriculture, and cattle enable people to make a living doing it. Both...
Categories: Agriculture, Agriculture, Food, Northern Plains Resource Council, Plains Speaking


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TPP must be stopped now

October 26, 2016
As a farm/ranch partner in southeastern Montana, I am increasingly concerned about the power of corporations over the ag industry. We all know that captive supply, monopolies, forward contracts, and corporate meatpacker mergers (huge monopolies!) have affected Montana ranchers, but now we are facing an even bigger threat to our livelihoods.  It is called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).   Jean Dahlman (R) and Wink Davis (L) in Washington D.C. lobbying A Trade Deal Negotiated In Secret to Override American Laws You may already know that the...
Categories: Agriculture, Agriculture, Congress, Northern Plains Resource Council, Plains Speaking


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Why a Soil Summit? Come to Billings Oct. 15 and find out

October 7, 2016
Let me guess, you are an eater. But do you know who grows your food? I don’t know about you, but I’m constantly frustrated by the system that brings food to our plates, while squeezing the producers from the top, and fooling the consumers at the bottom. And I am ready to work to change it from the grass roots. Are you with me? Starting from the ground up, we are ready to talk about change in our food system. Come...
Categories: Agriculture, Agriculture, Events, News, Northern Plains Resource Council, Plains Speaking, Uncategorized


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