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Jumping In With Both Feet – How One Young Rancher Got Started in the 21st Century

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Last month John described what successful ranching might look like in the future, and what steps you
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About the author

John Marble grew up on a terribly conventional ranch with a large family where each kid had their own tractor. Surviving that, he now owns a small grazing and marketing operation that focuses on producing value through managed grazing. He oversees a diverse ranching operation, renting and owning cattle and grasslands while managing timber, wildlife habitat and human relationships. His multi-species approach includes meat goats, pointing dogs and barn cats. He has a life-long interest in ecology, trying to understand how plants, animals, soils and humans fit together. John spends his late-night hours working on fiction, writing about worlds much less strange than this one.


  1. Curt Gesch says:

    Cody exhausts me just by reading about all his activities.

    I have one question: when does Cody get a chance to walk his fields, feet on the ground?

    • Tom Nichols says:

      Having known and worked with Cody for a dozen years, I would say, he’s a big picture kind of guy rather than one who needs to know and control every little detail.

      • Bridger Rardin says:

        This is a business model that I believe many young ranchers are using to start their careers in farming or ranching. Each individual may have tweaked or made adjustments accordingly based off their beginning environment. Some individuals are even in completely different stages of their business plan/model at this time, yet are still realizing similar realities within the ranching and farming business in todays complicated world. I’m glad someone is sharing Cody’s story, and believe there needs to be a larger focus these emerging young ranchers and farmers, its great to hear their story.

    • Jakeapotimus says:

      Follow him on Instagram @codywould if you want to see a day in the life. He gets around.

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