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May 14, 2015

How a high school graduation changed my perception of America’s educational system1

America’s education system, like America itself, has changed and evolved. Are those changes best serving our future?....More
May 14, 2015

Marginal thinking: We can’t move forward if we’re focused on the past3

The fundamental flaw in marginal thinking is that it keeps us from investing in our future, and encourages us to bet that current market conditions....More
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May 07, 2015

Why Kansas policy proposals should scare anyone in agriculture5

In spite of the fact that a good portion of the country can be considered politically “red,” the blue urban areas dominate the political landscape....More
May 07, 2015

Planting 2015: Corn planting moves along, now let it rain!2

One of the wonders of modern agriculture and all the technology that goes with it is how efficiently corn farmers can put seed in the ground. While....More
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Apr 30, 2015

We’re missing the lesson provided by the Baltimore riots3

The lesson provided by the Baltimore riots is that government is inherently inefficient, and tends toward abusive power if left unchecked....More
Apr 30, 2015

Why do good decisions tend to occur in bad economic times?

The only thing for certain is that, with high prices and/or growing economy, cow herds and the government will expand....More
Apr 23, 2015

2016 election season underway; don’t expect anything from Congress

We’ve entered that legislative stage where nearly everything is just posturing for the elections in 2016. Don't get your hopes up for any big....More
Apr 23, 2015

Why are beef producers always focused on the negative?2

I can’t help but wonder if the beef industry wouldn’t be better served by managing for positive outcomes rather than avoiding negative ones....More
Apr 16, 2015

A spirited debate between the bulls & the bears on the market and moisture1

Over time, I suppose everything evens out, but I have to admit that the bulls seem to enjoy the ride a whole lot more than the bears....More
Apr 16, 2015

Why every parent wishes they could turn back time3

The only thing I know for certain is that kids grow up too fast, and everyone I talk to wishes they would have taken the time to enjoy the moments....More
Apr 08, 2015

Who is the best leader for the beef industry? We all are

We’ll never persuade the elites, but we can inspire and communicate with those who work every single day in the beef industry to make a living for....More
Apr 08, 2015

Beat the rancher’s curse; stop assuming people can read your mind1

It’s a lot easier today to overcome the rancher’s curse than in the old days. After all, texts and emails allow us to build up to that actual two-way....More
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Apr 02, 2015

It’s not scalable or practical, yet the food movement marches on2

For the food movement to achieve its aims, modern agriculture must cease to exist....More
Apr 02, 2015

It's time for a beef movement! Let's sell the sizzle

The beef industry has the right story and the facts are on our side, but I think we lack the allure of a movement. It's time to stat selling the....More
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Mar 26, 2015

Here’s what cow-calf producers can learn from grain farmers3

There’s no doubt, times are good. But grain producers saw a similar high and their story didn’t end well. Should we take a lesson from them and....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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