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Nov 25, 2011

A Happy Thanksgiving To You All

There are few industries with as much to be thankful for as agriculture. For a whole host of reasons, agriculture in general, and commodities in....More
Nov 25, 2011

Is Chicken Helping Out Beef Prices?

It sounds like an oxymoron but the poultry industry may actually help beef prices rise this next year. The fact is that the high price of ethanol-....More
Nov 18, 2011

Livestock Judging Ribbons Fade Over Time

Many of you reading these words judged livestock in 4-H or FFA; some of you competed at the junior college or senior college levels. And, if you....More
Nov 18, 2011

Rural America Represents America's Future

I’m not saying that agriculture is going to become a major economic driver for our nation’s economy. Nor do I contend that urban America is destined....More
Nov 18, 2011

Attitudes Are Shaped By Circumstances

I spent the first part of this week at NAILE in Louisville; as could be expected, there were cattlemen attending from every part of the country. What....More
Nov 11, 2011

How Much Should We Complain Or Applaud?

After reading yet another article questioning whether Wal-Mart is losing its way by introducing organic products, Choice beef and higher-end products....More
Nov 11, 2011

Record Prices, Low Numbers: Where Are We?

Seemingly everyone is relishing today's higher prices – record prices in most cases. But, there remains a lot of uncertainty about the marketplace....More
Nov 11, 2011

USDA Signals A Do-Over On GIPSA

Proponents of the GIPSA livestock-marketing rule were incensed by USDA's announcement last week that it intends to basically start over. The rule....More
Oct 28, 2011

Propagating The Keynesian Myth!

Since we’re closing in on the beginning of a torrid, year-long election season, it’s not surprising that the government’s penchant for giveaways is....More
Oct 28, 2011

Opinion: My Problem With Debates – Political Or Industry

The problem with presidential and industry debates is that typically we don’t learn a whole lot about the issues. Debates today aren’t structured....More
Oct 21, 2011

Why Haven’t AI & Crossbreeding Flourished?

The rules of the game are changing. Sure, quality, pounds, reproduction, performance, health, marketing, risk management and the like have always....More
Oct 21, 2011

World Population Hits Seven Billion

Last week, the world’s population hit another milestone – 7 billion people. The United Nations (UN) projects that the world population will reach 8....More
Oct 21, 2011

Opinion: When It Comes To Kids, We're Barbarians!

Anyone who knows me knows I’m not one who subscribes to the nanny-state mentality. I’ve always believed more in the people than in government. One of....More
Oct 07, 2011

The Expansion Conundrum

The big industry riddle right now is what it will take to entice producers to expand their herd size. Typically it's a price-driven move, but that's....More
Oct 07, 2011

Is It Time For Cowman Anonymous?

I'm thinking about starting a new self-help program. I'd call it Cowman Anonymous. At this point, however, I’m not advocating for a 12-step program,....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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