Blackfeet Agriculture Resource Management Plan – Podcast

In this first part of a two-part series, Steve Thompson, executive director of NCAT, sits down with Loren Birdrattler, project manager of the Blackfeet Agriculture Resource Management Plan or ARMP.

They talk about a new partnership between NCAT and the Blackfeet Nation to evaluate the feasibility of a multispecies meat processing plant. This project is a key part of the Tribe’s strategy to create local markets for producers, engage youth more directly in agriculture, and provide healthy, culturally appropriate food for tribal members in this remote corner of rural Montana.

In this episode, Loren and Steve have a conversation about the landscape, culture and history of land management by the nations of the Blackfoot Confederacy. They also discuss the overall vision that inspires the Blackfeet Agriculture Resource Management Plan.

Loren spent over a decade working for federal agencies in Washington D.C. and is now back in Montana working for the Blackfeet Tribal Government.

Steve Thompson is located at NCAT’s Rocky Mountain West Regional Office in Butte, Montana where this podcast was recorded.

ATTRA Resources:

Natural Livestock Feasibility Study: A report on the feasibility of producers developing alternative markets for grass-finished and organic livestock in Inyo and Mono counties of California.

Building a Montana Organic Livestock Industry examines how organic beef producers in Montana can better access regional and national markets.

Organic and Grass-Finished Beef Cattle Production highlights the practices producers are using to provide customers with nutritious food from pasture- and rangeland-based farms and ranches.

Other Resources:

Blackfeet Agriculture Resource Management Plan.

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