Category: Agriculture

Still waiting for DEQ rules at Montana’s radioactive dump

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, […]

Take advice this weekend from the best stewards of the land

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, […]

Bullock, Northern Plains criticize Trump decision to leave Paris accord – Great Falls Tribune, June 1, 2017

HELENA —  In Montana, Gov. Steve Bullock and others criticized President Donald Trump’s decision Thursday to withdraw the United States from participation in the Paris Agreement. “Ask any Montana farmer, rancher, hunter, angler or skier – climate change is real and poses a threat to our economy and our way of life,” Bullock said in a news […]

Legislative Scorecard: Northern Plains rates Montana lawmakers on key issues – May 31, 2017

Northern Plains Resource Council, a conservation and family agriculture group based in Montana, has released its Legislative Scorecard. The publication rates legislators on key issues important to Northern Plains members, such as protecting our family agriculture, clean water, and access to clean energy. “In the 2017 Montana Legislature, members of Northern Plains Resource Council came […]

Press release: Ranchers tell USDA ‘no’ to mandatory animal ID – 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 […]

Press release: Rancher, group celebrate Senate’s failure to overturn methane waste rule – 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 […]

BLM methane rule protects human and livestock health

Note: The U.S. Senate failed 49-51 on May 10 to rescind the BLM methane waste rule using the Congressional Review Act. This guest editorial appeared in the May 8, 2017, Billings Gazette. The U.S. Senate has been considering rolling back the Bureau of Land Management’s Methane and Waste Prevention Rule — key protections that limit […]

Saving seed: Seed Bill reaches Montana governor’s desk – The Prairie Star, April 10, 2017

By Sarah Brown HELENA, Mont. – A bill that would prohibit Montana cities and counties from regulating seeds passed the House, and in early April, was sitting on Montana Gov. Steve Bullock’s desk. Senate Bill 155, commonly known as the “Seed Bill,” would disallow local governments from regulating the “cultivation, harvesting, production, processing, registration, labeling, […]

Letter: Protect taxpayers from speculators – Billings Gazette, April 9, 2017

The Legislature is struggling to come up with a state budget, some saying that revenues are not there to fund many government responsibilities. This means that programs to support children, the elderly, the sick, our public libraries, our schools and many other services that Montanans rely on could be cut. But, at the same time, […]


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