Defender of cattle ranching to keynote Northern Plains’ 45th Annual Meeting

October 27, 2016

Categories: Agriculture, Events, News, Northern Plains Resource Council

Northern Plains Resource Council Annual Meeting
Nov. 18-19
Noon – 8 p.m. (Nov. 18) 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. (Nov. 19)
Northern Hotel

The public is invited to attend the 45th Annual Meeting of the Northern Plains Resource Council Nov. 18-19 at the Northern Hotel in downtown Billings. Sessions will cover a wide range of issues, meals will feature local foods, and there will be entertainment and a silent auction.

Nicolette Hahn Niman at Niman Ranch in Bolinas, California. (photo © Mitch Tobias (415) 647-0242

Nicolette Hahn Niman at Niman Ranch in Bolinas, California. (photo © Mitch Tobias (415) 647-0242

Nicolette Hahn Niman, an articulate defender of sustainable cattle ranching, is the keynote speaker. She is the author of:

  • Defending Beef: The Case for Sustainable Meat Production (2014) and
  • Righteous Porkchop: Finding a Life and Good Food Beyond Factory Farms (2009).

Her essays and op-eds have appeared in the The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Los Angeles Times, and she has also written for The Atlantic, The San Francisco Chronicle, and other publications.

Hahn Niman has a unique background, having worked as an environmental lawyer and helping her husband build a successful business around sustainably produced beef.

In a review of Defending Beef, the Los Angeles Times said, “she’s saying here that nearly everything we accept as gospel about the negative environmental effects of cattle ranching, and the ill health effects of eating red meat, is wrong… And further, that cattle are necessary to the restoration and future health of this planet and its people.”

Other Saturday sessions include:

  • Coal in a Post-Bankruptcy World: What Now?
  • Opportunities to Build Homegrown Prosperity in Montana
  • Oil by Rail Safety: Strategies and Solutions
  • PACE (Property-Assessed Clean Energy): Unlocking Accessible Financing for Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy

You can see the full schedule or register online for the entire meeting or individual sessions at or by calling 406-248-1154.

Northern Plains is a Billings-based conservation and family agriculture group that works to protect Montana’s water quality, family farms and ranches, and our unique quality of life.

220 South 27th Street, Suite A
Billings, Montana 59101
(406) 248-1154