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Feb 16, 2012

11 Questions I’ve Never Had An Answer For

Here are 11 of life’s puzzles that I’ve never been able to figure out....More
Feb 09, 2012

Factoring Risk into the Equation2

I spent the last week attending bull sales and talking to commercial producers; the excitement in the marketplace is palpable. In view of historical....More
Feb 09, 2012

Beef Industry Indicates It’s Tired Of Infighting

While there are literally thousands of issues on the beef industry’s radar screen, the clearest message I picked up at last week’s Cattle Industry....More
Feb 09, 2012

HSUS Is Effective In Misleading The Public1 , which is affiliated with the right-leaning Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF), called on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to open....More
Feb 03, 2012

Price Roll Continues, But Expansion Still Slumbers

Everyone is talking about the bull-sale averages that have been posted early in this year’s bull sale season....More
Feb 02, 2012

NCBA Convention Is Off To A Bang In Nashville

Perhaps it isn’t surprising given today’s record prices, but – as of Thursday morning – attendance at this year’s Cattle Industry Convention has....More
Feb 02, 2012

The Industry Is Generating Lots Of Cool Ideas

Did you ever need grass and become frustrated about how difficult it is to find a lease? The industry has a pretty sophisticated and effective....More
Jan 27, 2012

Butler Resigns, Finalizing GIPSA Rule’s Demise6

Last week’s announcement that Dudley Butler was leaving USDA was taken by both sides of the GIPSA debate as a watershed event. Essentially,....More
Jan 27, 2012

U.S. Is Fertile Ground For Populist Arguments

Whether it was President Obama’s State of the Union speech, or arguments being made by Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and New....More
Jan 27, 2012

It’s Hard To Soar With The Eagles

As the saying goes, it’s hard to soar with the eagles when you strut with the turkeys. This has become a real issue with agriculture and how....More
Jan 20, 2012

Sound Science May Be An Unsound Strategy?6

This week, I attended a roundtable discussion at the National Western Stock Show where a panelist I respect tremendously made a very eloquent case....More
Jan 20, 2012

Riding The Wave Vs. The Tsunami Effect

Attending the National Western Stock Show last week and talking to producers was a lot of fun. There’s a whole lot of excitement in the....More
Jan 20, 2012

All Eyes Are Glued To The Corn Market

Few people were anticipating the Dec. 1 corn stocks number, as indicated by the 50¢/bu. decline in the nearby months following the report. As....More
Jan 13, 2012

A New Year – Now What?

A new year is magical in the sense that it’s a starting point, or maybe a starting-over point, when day-to-day life can seem overwhelming and the....More
Jan 13, 2012

Tradition Bound Or Tradition Anchored?

I love the traditional lifestyle that comes with ranching. The independence, the work ethic, the adherence to a code, and the rigid and yet....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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