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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
Aug 09, 2012

Corn Crop Woes Take A Toll On Cattle

At the start of 2012, most in the U.S. beef industry were thinking that this was the year that expansion would begin in earnest. Instead, this season....More
Aug 03, 2012

Is It Too Late For Drought Planning?

One of the oldest sayings in business is “Fail to plan and plan to fail.” While that’s good advice, it’s impossible to plan for every contingency....More
Aug 03, 2012

Drought Mitigation Is Now The Watchword

Every day that goes by brings another day of devastating drought to much of cattle country. While ranchers have faced hard times before, this year is....More
Jul 27, 2012

The Election Games Are Upon Us

I find it amazing that with record real unemployment and historically unprecedented deficits in this country, and the beginning of the collapse of....More
Jul 27, 2012

Funnel Cakes Mean More Than Tasty Treats

County fair season is a celebration not only of agriculture, which is a traditional lifestyle, but also the values it embodies. The challenge for....More
Jul 27, 2012

Science Vs. Perception Is The Industry Struggle

Modern agriculture is under attack and it’s important to defend our ability to feed a growing world as efficiently as possible. This industry very....More
Jul 20, 2012

Confessions Of A Pragmatist

A House amendment to the 2012 farm bill seeks to avoid a hodge-podge of state laws that could, in effect, end up infringing on the Commerce Clause....More
Jul 20, 2012

Self-Help Guru Stephen Covey Passes Away

What set Stephen R. Covey’s writing and life’s work apart from others was that he focused on principles more than practices. Perhaps it was these....More
Jul 20, 2012

Will The 2012 Drought Reshape Our Industry?

When the subsidization of ethanol began, it was assumed that the beef industry would have to shrink by 10% or more, but the addition of drought has....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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