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

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, 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 www.northernplains.org or by calling (406) 248-1154.

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