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Sep 21, 2012

The Stanford Organic Food Study

The livestock media has been abuzz over a study by Stanford scientists that looked at several hundred research projects on organic food and concluded....More
Sep 21, 2012

The ABC News Lawsuit Is A Long Shot

Very few cattlemen will disagree that the BPI lawsuit against ABC News is necessary and right. But the fact is, as Americans, we love the First....More
Sep 13, 2012

The Beauty Of Rain!

Our locale had received less than 2 in. of measurable precipitation since May 1, and while everyone knew it had to rain eventually, many of us were....More
Sep 13, 2012

Thoughts On Critical Thinking & Evaluation

The complexity of today’s world and the difficulty of predicting outcomes have become more difficult than it was a few decades ago. Meanwhile, the....More
Sep 13, 2012

BPI Announces $1.2-Billion Lawsuit Of ABC

The legal hurdles for defamation are huge. Obviously, proving economic damage will be easy, and there certainly was a wealth of incorrect material....More
Sep 07, 2012

Industry Groups Head Back To The Courts

An R-CALF lawsuit against the World Trade Organization isn't expected to be as involved or expensive as its failed Canadian dumping action lawsuit,....More
Sep 07, 2012

Political Conventions Vie For An Undecided Few

If you sit on the left side or the right side of the political spectrum, this race is as monumental as any you have ever faced. But if you're truly....More
Sep 07, 2012

The Consolidation Dilemma

As proposed, the populist solutions to consolidation would actually accelerate consolidation. Not only would they return us to a commodity system....More
Aug 31, 2012

Time Is Running Out On Two Issues

Tackling the federal debt and saving entitlement programs means slowing the growth of these programs. That entails the courage to draw a line in the....More
Aug 31, 2012

Checkoff Is Back In The Crosshairs

This looming legal battle over the checkoff will likely cost the industry a lot of dollars, and probably only create more animosity between the two....More
Aug 31, 2012

Corn Crop Continues To Jangle Industry Nerves

Because of the widespread nature of this summer’s drought, the implications for the U.S. beef industry go far beyond the effect that corn will have....More
Aug 23, 2012

On-Farm Antibiotic Use Related To The Deficit?

It appears that the stunning growth of Apple, especially in iPhones and iPods, could also be attributed to these technological innovations. And I....More
Aug 23, 2012

Survive Today And Prosper Tomorrow

The future undoubtedly will bring record prices for the beef industry – and, if Mother Nature cooperates, record profits. The trick is that one has....More
Aug 23, 2012

Kudos To ANCW, USCA, et al

While the checkoff has been viewed by a few as a way to wage political battles, the industry clearly has spoken over the last 18 months. The message....More
Aug 17, 2012

OCM, HSUS Team Up To Attack Checkoff

In the wake of failed initiatives that include value-based marketing to the GIPSA marketing rule, the Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) hits....More

Troy Marshall

Troy Marshall is a multi-generational rancher who grew up in Wheatland, WY, and obtained an Equine Science/Animal Science degree from Colorado State University where he competed on both the livestock...
What's My View From The Country?

As a fulltime rancher, opinion contributor Troy Marshall brings a unique perspective on how consumer and political trends affect livestock production.

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