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Jun 29, 2012

Opinion: Some Random Thoughts On Random Topics

Like all of you, my mind often wanders and ponders many things as I go about my work week. Here’s a sampling of my thoughts on a few....More
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Jun 28, 2012

Concerns Over The Corn Crop Begin To Mount

An early spring, favorable planting conditions and early moisture all pointed to a great grain crop for 2012. But continuing dry weather has dampened....More
Jun 28, 2012

Obamacare Upheld; Ominous Sign For Rural Folk15

The short-term political gain and loss of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on Obamacare will be insignificant. The long-term ramifications of this....More
Jun 28, 2012

Bug Bites Can Turn You Vegetarian5

It sounds like science fiction, but researchers believe that more than 1,500 people in 17 states have developed allergic reactions to red meat after....More
Jun 22, 2012

Farm Bill Moves Through Senate; House Is Up Next

The U.S. Senate’s version of the federal farm bill – Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act – passed that body on Thursday by a....More
Jun 21, 2012

I Don't Want To Talk About Drought1

In respect to weather and forage conditions, 2012 seems to be a replay of 2011, with different regions affected. In fact, USDA’s most recent report....More
Jun 21, 2012

The Balancing Act Of Consumer Perception3

With today’s consumers far removed from first-hand knowledge of the production process, they are increasingly being swayed to the belief that modern....More
Jun 21, 2012

Our Industry Needs A Prosperity Mentality1

I’ve never known a group of harder-working, more optimistic, and take-charge people than cattle producers. They live by the motto of Larry the Cable....More
Jun 14, 2012

Checkoff Leadership Is At The State Level1

There seems to be widespread agreement that the checkoff needs to be increased in order to maintain its effectiveness. But in the absence of....More
Jun 14, 2012

“Doing Great, But We Need Rain”5

The weatherman continues to talk hopefully about rain, early monsoons, etc., but the moisture situation is beginning to get critical in some parts of....More
Jun 14, 2012

Ballot Initiatives Spell Trouble For Ag10

About half of states in the U.S. have provisions that allow for ballot initiatives, a process that allows citizens to place generally controversial....More
Jun 08, 2012

If I’d Had A Video Camera I’d Be Rich

Need something else to carry in your saddle bag? Forget lunch. Pack a video camera instead. Sometimes the funniest moments on a ranch happen far from....More
Jun 08, 2012

The Drought Dilemma2

The hard questions that cattlemen in some parts of the country had to answer last year are resurfacing in other regions this year. There is something....More
Jun 08, 2012

The War On Obesity Begins In Earnest4

While New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s efforts to limit the size and kind of soft drinks people can consume might seem like an issue that’s a....More
May 31, 2012

Opinion: EPA Continues To Grow More Orwellian2

I read George Orwell’s “1984” and Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” as a kid and pondered how scary it would be to live in such societies. The heavy-handed....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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