Troy Marshall

Is it time for cattle producers to start looking forward to 2020?
Many voters may be looking forward to Election Day simply to put 2016 behind them so they can look forward to 2020.
There’s livestock emissions and then there’s hot air 2
Genetics and technology that will continue to lead to more output with fewer inputs will be more vital than ever.
EPA Moves To Exert Control Over Virtually All U.S. Water 14
The extended definition of “waters of the United States,” in essence, would allow the federal government to extend its control over non-navigable waters. With enactment, cattlemen would thereby likely be required to obtain costly and burdensome permits to take care of everyday chores like moving cattle across a wet pasture or cleaning out a dugout, says NCBA.
beef sees dip from mudslinging
U.S. Politicians And Beef Producers Suffer Under Mudslinging 3
Marketing has and will always be about differentiation, but most folks appreciate that, for the good of the industry and its practitioners, it’s important to maintain the public’s trust in the industry, its players and the product.
The Effects Of The Heat Wave
I’m no farmer, but I’m a big believer in the marketplace, and the recent run-up in the corn market makes it clear that the current heat wave is harming the prospects of corn yields. This week, heat indices hit 120-129 across Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota and parts of Illinois and Kansas.
The Confusion Over The Checkoff Fiasco
If you’re actively involved with the CBB, the Federation of State Beef Councils, or NCBA, you probably have a decent understanding of what’s actually going on with the feud that surrounds the checkoff. However, if you’re among the other 99% of producers busy making a living and assuming good people will find a good result, you’re probably confused about all the media coverage and political posturing taking place.
No Surprise In WTO’s COOL Decision
A World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute panel has released its preliminary report, essentially agreeing with Canada and Mexico that U.S. country-of-origin-labeling (COOL) requirements violate the WTO’s Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade
Three Fastballs Coming At Our Head
Overall, there is a trio of issues currently dividing the industry
OK, So I Was Overly Optimistic
Anyone who read the letter coming out of the meeting between the Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Associoation (NCBA) couldn’t help but notice how carefully worded it was
USDA Pressured On GIPSA Rule
USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack has become notorious for disregarding what cattlemen think, but even USDA is likely to sit up and take notice when a letter arrives bearing the signatures of 147 members of Congress.
Can We Make The Hard Choices?
The growth of the federal government over the last several years is unprecedented, and the growth in the federal debt frightening. Real unemployment is at levels we haven’t seen since the Great Depression, and the list of negatives goes on
Define Organic And Sustainable To Me
This week there was a whole lot of media coverage about organic and sustainable agriculture. But they seem to be talking about something different than what I have in mind
Groups Take A Positive Step On Checkoff
The ongoing soap opera over the beef checkoff has been maddening to me. But I was buoyed by the recent actions of producers from around the country, who really turned up the grassroots pressure to let it be known to the national program staff that they expect more.
Labor Relations And Family Relations
The toughest thing about family operations is that the labor force is primarily (ahem) family. I bring up this subject because this was one of those weeks when we had nowhere near enough time to get it all done, and all of it was pretty crucial and time dependent
Finding Youth Or Gaining Wisdom
I don’t consider myself to be old, but I also know I can’t, and most of the time don’t want to, do the things I was able to do 20 years ago. Now hopefully with that age comes wisdom, or so we tell ourselves so we can accept the inevitable tradeoffs that come with the passing of time

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