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Dec 25, 2014

There’s nothing like celebrating Christmas on a ranch

Living on a ranch doesn’t make kids immune from materialism, greed or selfishness, but it does tend to mitigate it....More
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Dec 23, 2014

USDA Secretary folds on second checkoff; now what?

As expected, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced this week that he won’t pursue a second checkoff. USDA Secretary Vilsack accomplished what few....More
Dec 18, 2014

Greatest bull market in the U.S. economy is the beef business

Comparing year-to-year averages, almost any class of cattle is up 25% over last year, with the majority up 30-50%....More
Dec 18, 2014

What’s the greatest Christmas gift of all?

I think it is one of the unique and truly great things about agriculture that at the busiest and most challenging times we tend to gather around our....More
Dec 11, 2014

Street protesters: Be mad at the government, not police

The challenge for any society is to have enough government to allow freedom and progress to exist, but to also limit government so that freedom and....More
Dec 11, 2014

Life was good when our only worry was herd expansion

However, I couldn’t help but ask myself, if I were a betting man, which do I believe poses the biggest risk, and which do I believe is more likely to....More
Dec 04, 2014

Why portion size isn’t a major issue for the beef industry

The beef processing and retail system will continue to innovate and deal with larger cuts of meats....More
Dec 04, 2014

Agriculture can’t allow outsiders to define sustainability

Everyone is 100% for sustainable agriculture, but there is wide disagreement on what that looks like and how it will be measured and verified....More
Nov 26, 2014

Immigration Reform Continues To Be A Political Football

What’s ironic about the politics of immigration reform is that both the right and the left benefit from not doing anything and keeping the issue....More
Nov 26, 2014

Thanking Loved Ones & Those Who Sacrificed To Make It All Possible

Most of us find it easy to be thankful for our family, friends, faith and life in this great nation. And it’s good to express gratitude for these....More
Nov 20, 2014

NFU “Clarifies” Its Beef Checkoff Position, Hangs Vilsack Out To Dry

The beef business is scratching its collective head this week, following an apparent reversal in the National Farmer’s Union stance on creating a....More
Nov 20, 2014

10 Lessons I Want To Share With My Teenage Son

Parenting children is one of the toughest jobs anyone can have. With a son who’s a senior in high school, BEEF columnist Troy Marshall reflects on....More
Nov 19, 2014

The Demise Of The American Angus Association Is Overstated

At the American Angus Association’s annual convention last week, the organization and membership made it clear that any divisions are much smaller....More
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Nov 13, 2014

USDA Playing Politics With The National Beef Checkoff

Most cattlemen favor less government control and more producer control. Does anyone seriously believe that would happen if a government agency....More
Nov 13, 2014

Cattle Market Has Proved The Folly Of Being Anti-Trade

At this point, even advocates of mandatory country-of-origin labeling are beginning to recognize that the law has done little but cost the U.S. beef....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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