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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
Jan 16, 2009

Election Leaves Radical Left Feeling Their Oats

Pull up the radical Left's websites or listen to their leaders and they’re absolutely giddy about the election results....More
Dec 29, 2008

2009 Outlook Shows Glimpse Of Better Times

2008 has been a challenging and rather exasperating year for cattle producers and nearly everyone else in the economy, says Derrell Peel....More
Dec 29, 2008

Will Canada Win The COOL War In The End?

There’s been quite a bit of publicity regarding Canada and Mexico's frustration over mandatory country of origin labeling (mCOOL) in the U.S. and....More
Dec 29, 2008

Supply Fundamentals Strong; Demand Is Another Issue

The latest cattle-on-feed number was down 6% compared to a year ago; placements were down 5%. Meanwhile, marketings were 9% below last year and 12%....More
Dec 24, 2008

A Cowboy Christmas

There’s something special about a candlelight service, singing “Silent Night” while looking....More
Dec 01, 2008

Is the sky falling, or the sun rising?

Some producers who sold their calves this summer or early fall were delivering calves right alongside sale barn calves in November for as much as a $....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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