Press release: Ranchers tell USDA ‘no’ to mandatory animal ID – May 24, 2017

May 24, 2017
Northern Plains Resource Council The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) came to Billings today to get feedback from ranchers on the 2013 Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) program. Many ranchers from across the region said there is no need for expanding identification for feeder cattle. “This should be a question of disease prevention and preparation, not a question of identification” said Gilles Stockton, a spokesperson for Northern Plains Resource Council...
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Guest opinion: Do we need animal disease traceability tags in feeder calves? – Billings Gazette, May 12, 2017

May 12, 2017
By Gilles Stockton Northern Plains Resource Council USDA/Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is hosting a public meeting in Billings on May 24 to make the case for identifying feeder calves in interstate commerce, in addition to cattle more than 18 months of age (current Animal Disease Traceability rules). April and May are critical and busy months on farms and ranches and most people are probably not paying much attention to the USDA. Attending one of these sessions may not be...
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Press release: Rancher, group celebrate Senate’s failure to overturn methane waste rule – May 10, 2017

May 10, 2017
By Northern Plains Resource Council A Montana conservation and family farm group were celebrating the failure today of the U.S. Senate to overturn the Bureau of Land Management Methane and Waste Prevention rule. The BLM protections reduces the wasteful venting, flaring and leaking of methane during oil and gas drilling operations, saving taxpayers money, creating energy, and protecting the air of oil field communities. “Wasting gas is an extremely short-sighted practice that not only takes potential...
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New owner of Stillwater Mine must remain a good neighbor – Montana on the Ground blog, May 9, 2017

May 10, 2017
By Laura Lundquist Last week’s purchase of the Stillwater Mining Company puts one more Montana mine in foreign hands. Fortunately, a citizen-crafted agreement will keep the new company from being environmentally irresponsible. On May 4, the Stillwater Mining Company finalized about six months of negotiations and agreed to sell $2.2 billion worth of assets to Sibanye Gold Limited, a South African gold mining company. The buyout helped Stillwater transfer $500 million worth of debt it had accumulated since the 2008 recession. Headquartered in Littleton,...
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Stillwater: Merger with South African company is complete – Billings Gazette, May 4, 2017

May 4, 2017
By Erik Olson Stillwater Mining Co. announced Thursday that it has completed its $2.2 billion merger into a South African firm, Sibanye Gold Ltd. The company’s stock is being delisted from the New York Stock Exchange, and stock holders will receive $18 per share for the transaction, Stillwater officials said in a news release. Shareholders will receive instructions in how to cash out by Computershare Trust Company N.A., the transfer agent for the transaction, according to Stillwater, Montana’s largest mining company. “I am...
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