Membership Benefit Spotlight: Harkin's Theater
Arizona Farm Bureau offers fantastic benefits. Allow me to introduce you to one of those fantastic benefits, Harkin's Theaters.
Meet Arizona Agriculture’s Gary Pasquinelli
Arizona Farm Bureau recently recognized Gary as 2021 Farmer of the Year during its Annual Meeting last November.
A Few of My Favorite Things to Be Thankful for on Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is usually a joyous occasion. I have always enjoyed getting to spend time with family and friends. Some of my favorite things about Thanksgiving include playing flag football before dinner, eating a turkey leg (yes, the whole turkey leg), watching the Cowboys play, and watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.
Build Back Better Act Wrong for Rural Arizona
Farm Bureau outlines its opposition to the Build Back Better Act.
President Signs Infrastructure Package into Law
After months of discussion and partisan holdouts, President Biden signed the 1.2 trillion-dollar infrastructure package into law on November 15th.
Member Benefit Spotlight: John Deere
Farm Bureau members receive an enhanced John Deere Reward Membership, Platinum 1.
One Arizona Farmer's Take on the Tier One Shortage
Did our Pinal county farmers plan well enough? Why do they appear to have come up short knowing this was most likely going to happen even six years ago?
Arizona Farm Bureau’s Hayley Andrus Becomes Latest Graduate of the Women’s Communication Boot Camp
Andrus, along with 12 other women, trained through an intensive four-day course completed by these agricultural leaders.
A Toast to Arizona Farm Bureau’s 100 Years with Arizona Wine and Beer
As our Arizona agriculture farmers and ranchers celebrate the organization’s 100 years, we bring Arizona wine and beer to the celebration to commemorate this significant anniversary. The radio segment gives the inside scoop of how these two commemorative drinks were crafted.
Arizona Farm Bureau Celebrates November’s Arizona Leafy Greens Proclamation
Arizona Governor Ducey has proclaimed November 2021 Arizona leafy Greens month because Arizona is known as the winter lettuce capital of the U.S. providing Americans with an abundance of lettuce and leafy greens from November to March.
Mentor/Protégé CAMP Profile, 2: Sonia Gasho and Brett Meyers
With the launch this last April of the Conservation Agricultural Mentoring Program (CAMP), in partnership with Arizona Farm Bureau, The NRCS team have been front and center in enthusiastically driving this unique partnership.
11 Reflections on Cotton During Harvest 2021
When someone asks me about cotton, I have all sorts of fun facts to share.
If You Grow Hemp, Please Take the USDA Survey
The result of their hard work on this survey effort will be survey data that set the benchmark for hemp acreage and production, and provide needed data to regulatory agencies, producers, state governments, processors, and other key industry entities.
The Why of Volunteer Leadership in the Farm Bureau Family
"As I began to get a greater understanding of the mission of Farm Bureau, I set two goals for our county and myself," says Apache County Farm Bureau President Hayley Andrus.
Arizona’s Flying Farmers and the History of the International Flying Farmers
In our own Arizona-agriculture history, a brief mention in the January 1943 Arizona Producers publication indicates a shortage in airplanes and pilots led to a cutback in aerial crop-dusting during World War II.
Farmer Jon: Your Story is More Interesting than Mine!
We continue hearing from Farm Bureau County leaders and Arizona’s farmers and ranchers declaring, “We need to communicate better with the public about what we do.”
Arizona Farm Bureau’s Nancy Caywood Selected 2021 Go Team Member of the Year
American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) announced its top Go Team Members for 2021 and Arizona Farm Bureau member Nancy Caywood of Casa Grande, Arizona is one of them.
Pandemic Response Safety Grant Program – Applications Now Being Accepted
On October 6th, the USDA announced the opening of the first round of Pandemic Response and Safety (PRS) Grant program. Grant application will be accepted through November 22, 2021.
Understanding Aflatoxin Management in Arizona
In the late 1970s, a demand for an aflatoxin management program arose as thousands of pounds of milk were being drained into ditches due to unmarketable levels of aflatoxin found in the milk.
EPA Revokes Chlorpyrifos Tolerances
EPA has revoked all tolerances of a popular agricultural insecticide.
Rob Sharkey, Keynote Speaker for Arizona Farm Bureau’s 2021 Annual Meeting
Illinois grain farmer Rob Sharkey, better known as “The Shark Farmer,” will be our keynote speaker on Thursday, November 11th during Arizona Farm Bureau’s 100th Annual Meeting in Glendale, Arizona.
Celebrating Arizona Agriculture's 2021 Fall Festivals on the Farm!
Arizona farms you can visit vary, full of family-oriented fun and give you a chance to teach your children about agriculture in a hands-on, interactive way.
Innovation Helps Arizona Address Its Water Challenges
The Silver lining in this cloud is that American agriculture keeps looking for infrastructure and technology innovations to mitigate these water challenges.
The Robust Support of Today’s Modern Community Supported Agriculture
Data represent the value of edible products, including value-added products, produced, and sold for human consumption directly to consumers at farmers' markets, on-farm stores or farm stands, roadside stands or stores, u-pick, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), and online marketplaces.
Initial Boots on the Ground Impact on Pinal County Agriculture Water Cuts
We’ll be coming out with a more in-depth article in November. In the meantime, Hartman gave some preliminary insight as to what Pinal County agriculture can expect.
Your Voice Matters in the Regulatory Comment Period: Here's Why
You may have seen a recent Arizona Farm Bureau call-to-action asking you to submit comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding their plans to revise the Navigable Waters Protection Rule.
Arizona Agriculture Talks to a Female Farmer about the Future of American Agriculture
Simply put, Larkin Martin is passionate about agriculture mostly because she likes to grow things. Reading her profile and assessing her answers to my questions, you’ll also conclude she likes to grow relationships, technology use and business management advances.
Arizona Apples Are the Sweetest!
Arizona apples have some unique qualities that Arizona apple growers can be proud of.
Water Priorities Are Tricky!
In the early years, supply exceeded demand, allowing California to overindulge on the excesses, creating an expectation of availability. Development in the Upper Basin (primarily Glen Canyon Dam) shrank the Lower Basin supply, but as long as Arizona couldn’t take their full allocation, California could continue to indulge.
Member Benefit Spotlight: UofA Global Campus
AZ Farm Bureau Members and family members receive benefit savings on tuition and more!
RFD-TV Interview: Whoa WOTUS Gets Complicated Again
The U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona recently made a ruling vacating the Navigable Waters Protection Rule created during the Trump Administration. This has created some serious concerns in the agricultural community.
USDA Expands ELAP to Cover Feed Hauling Costs
The USDA has announced additional resources for covering the cost of hauling feed to drought-stricken ranches.
Member Benefit Spotlight: Budget Truck Rental
Arizona Farm Bureau members can now save 20% off Budget Truck Rental! Use your discount to save 20% on consumer rental rates and mileage charges on Budget Truck’s broad range of offerings, from cargo vans up to 26’ box trucks!
Now that the Tier One Shortage on the Colorado River is Here
The day we wished would never come has arrived: on August 16, the Bureau of Reclamation declared that Lake Mead will be in a Tier One shortage level beginning 2022.
Conversation on Leadership and Cooperative Extension
We celebrate Dr. Silvertooth’s contribution to the advancement of practical application science to Arizona agriculture.
Arizona Agriculture’s Amazing Female Farmer Story
Arizona holds the highest percentage of female producers (farmers and ranchers) at 49%, the national average is 36%, according to the latest USDA Census of Agriculture.
Arizona's Conservation Agricultural Mentoring Program Profile
First, in a series, we profile mentor Nancy Caywood of Caywood Farms and protégé Meredith Truelove of Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).
Arizona Farm Bureau Transportation Handbook: Covered Farm Vehicles
With the recent publication of the revised AZFB Agriculture Transportation Handbook, there were several notable updates.
Down the Long and Winding Arizona Roads
Today, you can ask any one of the Outreach managers and they will tell you they are glad to be fully back “on the road again!”
State Fire Relief Grants Available Now: Apply ASAP
Arizona's DFFM has opened applications for $10 million in fire relief grants for private and public landowners.
Conversation about Arizona’s Agricultural Mentoring Program: Keisha Tatem
With the launch last April of the Conservation Agricultural Mentoring Program (CAMP), in partnership with the Arizona Farm Bureau, Tatem and her team have been front and center in enthusiastically driving this unique partnership.
Interesting Facts About Arizona Organics
This year (2021) marks the 20th anniversary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s organic food rules.
USDA Announces Availability of Low-Interest Loans for Fire Recovery
USDA has made low-interest loans available for ranchers who need assistance repairing damaged infrastructure or replacing lost livestock after a fire event.
Arizona Agriculture’s Water Technology Advances
Because of agriculture’s high-water use, our farmers and ranchers are always questioned about our efficiencies when applying water to our fields.
15 of My Favorite Facts about Arizona Beef
To celebrate the Arizona beef farmers' and ranchers' perseverance, I decided to list the top reasons I love beef!
Western Ag States Meet to Mimic Opportunities and Strengthen Members Services
Monthly, RFD-TV interviews Arizona Farm Bureau President Stefanie Smallhouse.
On and Off the Arizona Farm, the Work is Never Done!
It can be easy to get overwhelmed when considering the multiple outside forces impacting your ability to farm or milk cows.
The Latest on Proposed Changes to Inheritance Taxes
Arizona Farm Bureau is working around the clock to advocate for tax policy that encourages family businesses, rather than hurting them.
Get to Disneyland for $100
What if I told you I could get you and your family or friends (4 people) to the Magical Kingdom for about a 1/3 of the cost?
Join Us in Raising Money to Help Increase Arizona Youth’s Knowledge of Arizona Ag!
This year, we are excited to meet in person for the Racin’ for the Bacon Derby Dinner on Saturday, October 16th from 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm.
Million Dollar Award Advances University of Arizona’s Continued Efforts to Support Agriculture
In order for agriculture to take on the challenge of feeding a growing population with fewer resources, we will need the practical application of cutting-edge technology.
Update on Rural Broadband in Congress
While we appreciate the recent attention to and investments in rural broadband, there is still work that can be done at the federal level to both secure additional funds and ensure infrastructure is built in a timely fashion.
Teachers Become Students
The program, usually a week-long event that keeps teachers on a chartered bus to travel agriculture in-person, was a hybrid event this year.
One Northern Arizona Rancher Tells his Drought Story
This time we profile northern Arizona rancher Benny Aja, also Coconino County Farm Bureau President.
Our Webinar Topics: We Are Listening!
The idea of a webinar series wasn’t a new concept to Arizona Farm Bureau (AZFB).
Member Benefit Spotlight: SeaWorld
Arizona Farm Bureau members save up to 45% off gate ticket price!
Toasting 100 Years with Centennial Red and Cien Beer
It’s Official. We can toast Arizona Farm Bureau’s 100 years of existence with specially made wine and beer!
Arizona’s Certified Organic Ag Sales Increase Nearly 70% from 2016
The number of certified organic farms in Arizona was 62, an increase of 24 farms from 2016.
Arizona Ranchers Tell Their Border Stories
With no regard for the environment, land, land managers, landowners and families living nearby, border crossers leave behind evidence of their crossings.
Arizona’s Agriculture is so Diverse, what we Grow Maximizes on All Aspects of Our Health
If you check out the entire article on hair loss quoting the experts, you’ll discover that all the foods listed, except one, are available through Arizona agriculture.
Whether on The Ranch or at The Legislature, the Work is Never Done!
Your Arizona Farm Bureau has been hard at work on several issues which impact your bottom line.
Executive Order to Address Markets and Right to Repair
President Biden issued an Executive Order aimed at addressing unfair markets, the right to repair, poultry tournament pay, and Product of the USA labeling.
Member Benefit Spotlight: Case IH
AZ FARM BUREAU MEMBERS SAVE $200-$500 ON ELIGIBLE CASE IH EQUIPMENT
Ed Martin Becomes Interim Director
Vice President Shane Burgess has appointed Dr. Ed Martin as Interim Director of the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension System, effective June 12. Burgess began the process to conduct an international search for the permanent director.
NRCS Announces July 12 Deadline for Key Fire Relief Programs
Producers eligible for EQIP or EQIP-CIC funds have until July 12 to apply for relief.
Higher Education, Lower Cost With New Farm Bureau Benefit
The Arizona Farm Bureau and the University of Arizona Global Campus (UAGC), an accredited online university, now offer all Arizona Farm Bureau members savings on tuition and other educational costs.
Arizona Summertime Means Fresh, Local Arizona Melon Time
It’s reasonable to say, we’re good at growing melons in Arizona.
Wheels and Whirligigs and Walks
Optimum ag is agriculture you observe, farming and ranching you engage in.
Maricopa County Public Health Has Free Services for Farms, Farmworkers
Since we don’t know if there will be a resurgence of the COVID-19 illness this fall or how variants may affect us in Arizona, it's good to learn the facts about the available vaccines now so you can take steps to be protected.
One Arizona Ranch Family Finds Hope During the Drought
To share one southern Arizona Ranch family’s challenges during this drought, Arizona Farm Bureau’s “The Voice” blog interviewed Tina and David Thompson.
Member Benefit Spotlight: Kona Ice
Check out this cool benefit - AZ Farm Bureau Members save big with Kona Ice West Valley!
The Government Relations Team: Advocating on Your Behalf
We’ve compiled our major areas for you, so you can understand our efforts and take advantage of being a big part of what we do as an agriculture member.
USDA Announces Grant to Improve Meat and Poultry Slaughter Processing Capacity
USDA today announced $55.2 million in competitive grant funding available through the new Meat and Poultry Inspection Readiness Grant (MPIRG) program.
Stick to the Basics Along with Easy Life Hacks and You’ll reduce Your Sugar Intake
What are the easy “life hacks” to reducing your own sugar intake?
Spring and Summer Foods that Support Metabolism, Hydration and Satiety
Arizona’s spring and summer crops cover a variety of fruits and vegetables most don’t know much about.
Along with Ranchers, Others are Extolling the Benefits of Protein Meat
Arizona Farm Bureau is dedicated, along with other organizations such as the Arizona Beef Council, to telling Arizona’s beef story.
Update on Federal Infrastructure Negotiations
Arizona Farm Bureau has been closely monitoring these discussions as many of these investments are critical to the agriculture industry, especially investment in water infrastructure.
What Will be 30x30 Proposal’s Real Impact?
While stakeholders read through the report there’s a lot of questions circulating including trying to understand the full impact.
Variety, Value, Quality and Taste Are Arizona Beef
This past weekend KTAR’s Rosie on the House hosted the “Farm Fresh” hour with Arizona Farm Bureau where we featured Rancher Tim Petersen of Arizona Grass Raised Beef. The radio segment is embedded in this article.
Member Benefit Spotlight: Grainger
AZ Farm Bureau Members receive special prices on selected product and supplies, plus FREE shipping on ALL Grainger orders!
Arizona Dairy Industry’s Climate Smart Practices
Anyone familiar with Arizona’s dairy industry knows our dairy farmers have quite a climate-smart story to tell.
USDA Releases Climate-Smart Agriculture and Forestry Strategy
Recognizing that stakeholder input was key in developing this strategy, the Executive Order also directed the Secretary of Agriculture to collect input from Tribes, farmers, ranchers, forest owners, conservation groups, and other communities.
Arizona Farm Bureau’s Fill Your Plate Connects Arizona Families to Arizona’s Farmers and Ranchers
Arizona Farm Bureau realizes the significant importance of knowing where our food comes from including the excitement of meeting a modern-day farmer growing our food, certainly local food.
Arizona Cooperative Extension Waives Enrollment Fees for 4-H Youth and Covers Costs of Volunteer Background Checks
"We believe this is an important time for the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension to step up and do what we can to engage even more youth and families so they can benefit from what Arizona 4-H has to offer."
New Information Regarding the Administration’s Plan to Conserve 30% of Land by 2030
The much anticipated 30x30 proposal (also known as Conserving and Restoring America the Beautiful) was released on May 6 and provided some clarity regarding the administration’s plan to conserve 30 percent of our land and water resources by the year 2030.
10 Climate Smart Facts Proving Arizona and American Ag Protects the Environment
According to the latest research, U.S. agriculture contributes around 10% to overall greenhouse gas emissions by economic sector.
How Vet’s One Health Strategy Keeps Animals and People Healthy
Dr. Fowler oversees research programming on the health and safety of people involved in pork production, while focusing on public health and zoonotic diseases – diseases that can spread between animals like pigs and humans.
Starting TOMORROW: John Deere - Platinum 2 Pricing until May 31st
May 15th to May 31st, Farm Bureau Members enjoy even BIGGER savings with Platinum 2 pricing!
Farm Bureau Farm Dog of the Year Nominations Now Open
The grand prize winner – Farm Bureau Farm Dog of the Year – will win a year’s worth of Purina dog food and $5,000 in prize money.
One Size Does Not Fit All When Deciding Climate Policy
By its very nature, American and Arizona agriculture make climate-positive contributions each day.
Meet Arizona Agriculture's Searle Ogilvie Family
Sarah Ogilvie is passionate about agriculture and certainly ranching and pistachios.
11 Reasons to Attend Arizona’s Women in Agriculture Conference
It’s time to register for the 24th annual Women in Agriculture Conference that will be held at the Wigwam Resort, July 8 and 9, this year’s theme is Ag Stands Together!
Right Out of the Gate, Arizona Farm Bureau Protected Markets, Land and Labor
In an ongoing series celebrating Arizona Farm Bureau's 100 years, Arizona Farm Bureau's first couple decades showed its moxie as this young organization planted deep roots in the state.
Delay, Delay, Delay: Arizona’s Redistricting Process off to a Slow – and Surprising – Start
Elections are always important, but one of the reasons we worked so hard to drive our members to the polls in 2020 was the Independent Redistricting Commission or IRC.
Arizona Craft Beer and Peaches, They Do go Together
Missed the Farm Fresh hour on Rosie on the House last Saturday? Listen here: This past Saturday, guests from Schnepf Farms and Arizona Craft Brewers Guild: Owner Mark Schnepf and Executive Director Rob Fullmer.
Why Farmers Should Care About the New Human Infrastructure Package
Congress needs to hear from you to learn why you support maintaining stepped-up basis and repeal of the estate tax!
Congress Introduces Six Climate Bills in One Week
Within the past week, Congress has been busy building upon this momentum and introducing legislation to break down barriers for farmers and foresters to be a part of the climate change solution.
Member Benefit Spotlight: Vantage UAV
Vantage UAV offers Arizona Farm Bureau Members a cashback discount off specific drone hardware and a discount for any Drone as a Service.
How Advances Help Arizona Agriculture Tackle Climate Challenges
My conversation with Mike Crimmins, especially about DroughtView, an online tool that makes it easy to access and plot near-real-time satellite data, caused me to conclude that even our biggest challenges in this arid state have truly hopeful outcomes. After an all-inclusive scientific approach, key ingredients involve a mix of patience and tenacity.