In 2019 (latest USDA figures available), the Arizona beef industry generated $784 million in cash receipts. And all 15 counties in Arizona host cattle operations. Numerous Arizona family ranches are 4th, 5th and 6th generations. Labeling Arizona “beef country” is fitting.
Arizona Farm Bureau is dedicated, along with other organizations including the Arizona Beef Council, to telling Arizona’s beef story. Certainly, Arizona agriculture would not be Arizona agriculture without our beef industry. We’re also known for the quality of our beef in this state.
Yes, those in agriculture know how important the beef industry is to Arizona and the country. Others are sounding this clarion call too. They happen to be nutritionists.
Nutrition experts recommend choosing minimally processed meats, as well as cooking beef, pork and lamb at low temperatures -- like roasting, stewing, poaching and baking -- to preserve their nutrient integrity.
Registered dietitian Diana Rodgers said meat contains nutrients you can't get elsewhere, such as heme iron and vitamin B-12, which is important for energy and brain health.
Additional studies are confirming the brain health of especially beef for youth and they are growing.
Arizona Farm Bureau’s Fill Your Plate blog has extensive coverage on the importance of protein meat in your diet and certainly, beef, pork and lamb.