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Mar 20, 2009

Is This A Time For Optimism, Pessimism Or Realism?

When I started to bang out this week's article, there was material for a whole host of subjects sitting on my desk....More
Mar 06, 2009

Environmentalism Is Rooted In Dust Bowl Lessons

The “Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story Of Those Who Survived The Great American Dust Bowl,” by Timothy Egan, is....More
Mar 06, 2009

Historically, It’s About Time For Another Revolution

Someone pointed out the other day that this country has had a revolution of sorts about every 80 years, starting....More
Mar 01, 2009

Lest we forget

Last month, the Quiznos subway sandwich chain announced its new animal-welfare policy created in conjunction with People for the Ethical Treatment of....More
Feb 27, 2009

What Are You Thinking?

This is an exciting time in the cattle business, a time full of change. And managing change is the challenge....More
Feb 27, 2009

COOL Becomes Official On March 16 – Well, Sort Of

t was yet another confusing step added to what has already been one of the most screwed-up rulemaking processes in history....More
Feb 27, 2009

A Brave New World Confronts Us

Certainly, President Obama’s proposed budget is a long ways from passing, but as one commentator put it, “it will be historic even if only a fraction....More
Feb 20, 2009

Mandatory COOL Has A Long Way To Go

USDA is strongly indicating changes to the mandatory country of origin labeling (MCOOL) regulations, or at least changes in the interpretation of the....More
Feb 19, 2009

U.S. Ethanol Policy Sorely Needs To Be Addressed

The ethanol industry is struggling, despite the billions in subsidies and a government-guaranteed market. Those conditions....More
Feb 19, 2009

Beef Demand Study Provides An Industry Wakeup

I recommend that everyone takes a look at the recent checkoff-funded research study entitled “U.S. Beef Demand Drivers and....More
Feb 17, 2009

Stimulus Package Appears Headed For Passage

With the Senate passing its version of the stimulus package, the stimulus, or “spendulous” bill as some call it, was likely to pass both houses as....More
Feb 06, 2009

Stimulus Package Is Bad News For The Economy

Once a bright and hopeful prospect, the proposed stimulus package has actually become a negative influence on the U.S....More
Feb 06, 2009

Talk Of A Dairy Buyout Again Surfaces

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and others pushed back hard and quick last week when dairy interests began talking....More
Jan 23, 2009

New Pricing Structure For Ethanol Byproducts?

There was a lot of buzz this week about a report from Texas A....More
Jan 23, 2009

Acting On What We Know

I was giving one of those industry-trends talks the other day, and a lively discussion ensued about our industry’s changing....More
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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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