Category: Plains Speaking

Homegrown Stories: Changing the way we think about agriculture

February 1, 2018
Steve Charter is one of many Montanans re-shaping the way we think about agriculture. The third-generation rancher explains how soil regeneration is a simple solution to a complex issue in Homegrown Stories. A project of the Western Organization of Resource Councils (WORC), Homegrown Stories tells the narrative of "farm and ranch families cultivating good food, healthy land, and rural vitality."  Through photos, video, and transcribed interviews, participants show what they're doing to rebuild local food systems and sustain family farms in...
Categories: Agriculture, Agriculture, Clean Energy, Clean Energy, Climate change, Member news, Plains Speaking


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Keystone XL: A nightmare before Christmas, or a spark to light a fire for homegrown prosperity?

December 15, 2017
It’s been almost a year since the Trump Administration revived TransCanada’s permit to build the Keystone XL pipeline to transport tar sands oil, the dirtiest of the dirtiest of oils, right through Montana, endangering two of our most iconic and critical waterways—the Missouri and the Yellowstone Rivers—along with dozens of smaller rivers and streams that would be crossed along its path. Northern Plains, with our commitment to protecting Montana’s water now and forever, and our members who have been working...
Categories: Oil & Gas, Plains Speaking, Uncategorized


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Take action against radioactive oil waste

October 20, 2017
Eastern Montana should not be North Dakota’s Dumping Ground. Eastern Montana is home to the only radioactive oil waste facility in Montana and North Dakota combined. Click here to take action!
Categories: Oil & Gas, Plains Speaking


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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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We need health protections from unrestricted methane gas waste

July 21, 2017
The following is the testimony that Sue Beug, a member of Carbon County Resource Council and a Northern Plains leader on oil and gas issues, gave July 10 at an EPA hearing in Washington, D.C. My name is Susann Beug and I live in Red Lodge, Montana. I am also part owner of our family farm in Weld County Colorado with oil and gas development since 1972. I am here as a member of the...
Categories: Climate change, Congress, Courts, News, Northern Plains Resource Council, Oil & Gas, Oil and gas, Plains Speaking


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