Westerners are all-too-familiar with boom and bust cycles in coal, mining, oil and gas, commodity agriculture and other natural resource sectors. Currently, coal production across the WORC region faces steep declines as coal loses market share to cheap, fracked natural gas, and cost competitive clean energy from wind and solar generation.

In addition, more efficiency in buildings, appliances, lighting and industries has decoupled economic growth from increasing electric demand, further depressing coal’s prospects.

WORC members were present when coal boomed in the Northern Great Plains in the 1970’s-1980’s and successfully championed reforms that protected communities and the environment from permanent damage, like

  • Strict mine reclamation,
  • Severance taxes and minerals trust funds, and
  • Federal coal leasing policy.

Now WORC and its member groups are working together to mobilize our grassroots energy and leadership to help direct and shape and lead the transition to a cleaner, more resilient, sustainable and just economy in our seven-state region.

News from Transition to Homegrown Prosperity

struggling family farms

The Farm Bill Farce: Corporate ag reports huge profits while farmers struggle to feed their families

This piece was originally drafted by the Campaign for Family Farms and the Environment and published in The Hill. Congress is debating the wrong parts…

misleading USDA labeling

WORC Network Demands USDA Close Its “Product of the U.S.A.” Loophole

USDA label rule lets multinational corporations mislead consumers.   Dear Docket Clerk, Thank you for considering our public comments. The Western Organization of Resource Councils…

misleading local foods image

Dakota Rural Action teases fiction from fact on Hungry for Truth’s misleading ad campaign.

The above infographic is from Hungry for Truth (the media and messaging arm of the South Dakota Soybean Producers) which uses checkoff dollars on ad campaigns…