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Why does local matter, you ask?

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 […]


New NAFTA must help workers, family farms, environment

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 […]

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Eastern Montana drought teaches us to protect our sacred waters

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, […]


We need health protections from unrestricted methane gas waste

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 […]





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, […]


Legislative Scorecard: Knudsen fried our bacon, Governor saved it

The 65th Montana Legislature is in the books and we all survived. The tragic comedy that is the Montana Legislature was filled with highs, lows, embarrassments, and downright awkward moments. Once again, Northern Plains and our members worked tirelessly to defeat the detrimental and irrational policies that were brought forward by a segment of our […]