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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
Aug 17, 2012

Election Shapes Up For A Serious Deficit Discussion

The choice by Mitt Romney of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) as his running mate would seem to guarantee that entitlements and the federal deficit will be a....More
Aug 17, 2012

Olympics, Westerns Or Ranching – Just Do It!

As managers, we must analyze and set a goal, but ultimately it means setting out decisively toward something you believe in. If the goal is big....More
Aug 09, 2012

Opinion: Look Up, Drop Your Hand & Trust Your Horse

We all want our kids to utilize their talents and to succeed in life. Sometimes, though, that desire to see our offspring discover those talents and....More
Aug 09, 2012

Election-Year Politics Will Decide Drought Aid

Agriculture isn’t a top-level issue in national politics anymore. We’ve done such a good job of producing food and fiber that our numbers are just....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 contribur Troy Marshall brings a unique perspective on how consumer and political trends affect livestock production.

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