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Nov 09, 2012

Ag Gets Good Results In Ballot Initiatives

The ballot initiative process remains one of the greatest dangers to animal agriculture and appears to be the route of choice for the Humane Society....More
Nov 09, 2012

The Argument Over Straight-Breeding

Traditional crossbreeding programs, while theoretically sound, have proven problematic when implemented in real-world situations. There are several....More
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Nov 09, 2012

$2-Billion Election Essentially Changed Nothing

A second Obama administration faces some daunting issues. With a $2-billion political campaign now ended, the power structure remains unchanged, with....More
JBS Purchases Canada's XL Foods
Nov 02, 2012

JBS’s Canada Move Cements Its Beef Dominance

The acquisition of XL Foods by JBS is likely to mean that the readjustment of the big four packers appears to have found an equilibrium. I don't....More
ABC News LFTB Lawsuit
Nov 02, 2012

ABC Asks Judge To Throw Out BPI Lawsuit

I don't know if the parties at BPI believe they'll ever see any of the restitution they are seeking. But I'm sure BPI felt it was something that was....More
2012 Election Voter Turnout
Nov 02, 2012

Tight Presidential Election Means Every Vote Counts

I admire both Romney and Obama for the people they are, for the commitment they've shown to this country, and for the depth of their convictions. Two....More
September Cattle On Feed Placements Are Down
Oct 26, 2012

September Cattle Placement Number Confirms Trend

Cattle numbers are tightening and will continue to decrease as a result of drought conditions that made 2012 another liquidation year. The industry....More
Oct 26, 2012

Nov. 6 Could Bring Romney & GOP Majorities In Both Houses

Romney could well win this election; he has the momentum late in the game and it seems to be growing in strength. In fact, thanks to Obama’s dismal....More
Oct 26, 2012

HSUS Video, 'A Pig's Tail' Targets Young Children

A new animated video from the Humane Society of the U.S. aimed at young kids builds on HSUS’s strategy of appearing to side with “family farms” and....More
Beef Industry Discusses Next Front Burner Issues
Oct 19, 2012

What Are The Next Beef Industry Front Burner Issues?

Drought, shrinking supplies, more costly inputs, consolidation – these are all big areas of current concern. But history and logic tell us it will....More
E. Coli Recalls From Canada's XL Foods Rocks Beef Industry
Oct 18, 2012

The Ever-Growing Price of E. Coli

Prior to the beef recall in mid September by Canada’s XL Foods, the North American beef industry had been quietly celebrating one of the more....More
The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson
Oct 18, 2012

The Right Book At The Right Time

In the book "The Circle Maker" by Mark Batterson, dreaming big, thinking long term, being persistent, working hard and making those defining....More
Oct 12, 2012

$1 Billion Doesn’t Buy What It Used To

Personal likability and a bottomless war chest are what most political watchers thought would make a second Obama term inevitable. Plus, the polls....More
Oct 12, 2012

The Low Cost Vs. High Quality Debate

Fail to be a low-cost producer and you’re out of business; focus solely on being a low-cost producer and not only are you doomed to low margins, but....More
Oct 12, 2012

Agriculture Struggles With Election Politics

In essence, agriculture is being forced to abandon its non-partisan and long-standing positions, to adapt to the reality of a deeply divided partisan....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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