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Nov 20, 2014

NFU “Clarifies” Its Beef Checkoff Position, Hangs Vilsack Out To Dry

The beef business is scratching its collective head this week, following an apparent reversal in the National Farmer’s Union stance on creating a....More
Nov 20, 2014

10 Lessons I Want To Share With My Teenage Son

Parenting children is one of the toughest jobs anyone can have. With a son who’s a senior in high school, BEEF columnist Troy Marshall reflects on....More
Nov 19, 2014

The Demise Of The American Angus Association Is Overstated

At the American Angus Association’s annual convention last week, the organization and membership made it clear that any divisions are much smaller....More
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Nov 13, 2014

USDA Playing Politics With The National Beef Checkoff

Most cattlemen favor less government control and more producer control. Does anyone seriously believe that would happen if a government agency....More
Nov 13, 2014

Cattle Market Has Proved The Folly Of Being Anti-Trade

At this point, even advocates of mandatory country-of-origin labeling are beginning to recognize that the law has done little but cost the U.S. beef....More
genetic competition on display at Angus Convention
Nov 06, 2014

Competition In Beef Genetic Improvement Will Only Increase

The theme is to innovate and adapt or find yourself and your cattle breeding program quickly becoming irrelevant....More
midterm election and u.s. beef industry
Nov 06, 2014

Midterm Elections Are Over; Now Things Heat Up For 2016

The Republicans’ gains on Tuesday night's midterm election are probably not all that surprising. The GOP now has the responsibility of actually....More
record beef prices
Oct 30, 2014

Record Cattle Prices Have Become Ho-Hum Events

Cattle market reports are so good that it appears that those in the cow-calf industry have probably been too willing of sellers....More
Oct 30, 2014

The Ugly Side Of Elections Is On Display This Year

In Colorado, we have races for U.S. Senate and the governorship that are very much tossups as we go into the final weekend. The fact that these are....More
Oct 23, 2014

Politics, Power & Greed Driving The Checkoff Controversy

The great irony in the current controversy involving the beef checkoff is that there are real and substantive issues with the program. As always,....More
Oct 23, 2014

Producers Must Act Now To Save Their Beef Checkoff Program

A small window remains for concerned cattlemen to act to save their national checkoff program....More
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Oct 15, 2014

The Quality Market In Beef Is Where The Action Is Today

I learned a long time ago that when people talk about market trends you had better know their bias. So in the interest of full disclosure I should....More
Angus steers
Oct 15, 2014

In This Cattle Market, Old Assumptions No Longer Apply

Last week, the fed market set another all-time high. In earlier times, that would be a headline-worthy event, but in today’s extraordinary....More
life goals help motivate farmers
Oct 09, 2014

My Secret To Life Is To Dream Big & Think Positive

Motivation can be influenced by outside sources, but the harsh reality is that it is largely self-determined. Thus, you can’t allow others to....More
anti-capitalism mindset hurts industry
Oct 09, 2014

Whatever Happened To This Nation’s Support For Capitalism?

A growing paradigm in the U.S. isn’t conducive with the capitalism that built this country....More
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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...
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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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