Arizona Apples Are the Sweetest!
Arizona apples have some unique qualities that Arizona apple growers can be proud of.
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.
Can You Escape the Classroom?
Arizona Farm Bureau Ag in the Classroom (AZFB AITC) is encouraging students to break out of the classroom!
Farm Bureau Provides Comments on Proposed U.S. Forest Service Grazing Permit Changes
Proposed updates to the Forest Service rangeland management directives are a welcome modernization of the agency's procedures.
Meet Arizona Agriculture's Mayfield Family
Third and soon to be fourth generation farm family in Buckeye share their legacy in Arizona agriculture.
Member Benefit Spotlight: John Deere - BIG savings coming in May!
JOHN DEERE PLATINUM 2 PROMOTION: from May 15th-31st
More than a Nuisance: Why Strengthening Right-to-Farm Laws Became a Key Legislative Priority
On April 9, Governor Doug Ducey signed Senate Bill 1448, a much-needed update to Arizona’s “Right to Farm Law.” Here’s why it matters.
USDA Announces Update on COVID-19 Relief Implementation
More details on the Pandemic Assistance for Producers program is good news for specialty crop and cotton farmers.
Arizona Farm Bureau: In the Beginning …
By the time the national organization, the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), was organized in March 1919, “Farm Bureaus” throughout the country had been around in various ways for several years driven by a “grass roots’ model that meant efforts started at the local level.
Unveiling the Next Century at UA’s Learning Lab
University of Arizona Vice President of Agriculture, Life and Veterinary Sciences, and Cooperative Extension Shane Burgess knows generations of students and faculty consider the 185-acre research facility as a second home, just as important to their UA experience as any classroom or laboratory on the main campus three miles to the south.
Let’s Invest in the System that Keeps Water Flowing to our Arizona Farms
As Congress develops this legislation, now is the time for our Senators and Representatives to hear from their constituents.
Farm Bureau Announces 2022 Ag Innovation Challenge for Rural Entrepreneurs
$165K in Startup Funds Available; Apply by Aug. 20
Arizona Farm Bureau Celebrates Earth Day With Your Help
We're looking for Arizona farmers and ranchers that want to share their conservation stories with the public.
Arizona’s Pistachio Industry Generates a $92 Million Impact on State’s Economy
Study shows grower-processor spending boosts Arizona’s economic climate, touching nearly every aspect of life in the state.
Member Benefit Spotlight: Dollywood
Dollywood is now open, ya’ll! Save on Dollywood tickets with your AZ Farm Bureau membership.
Pigging Out on the Arizona Pork Industry Story
Arizona’s $41 million pork industry featured its history, the youth element, health benefits and the very light carbon footprint, plus more.
Permanent Estate Tax Reform is Key to Continued Agricultural Success
A current federal tax proposal could be a game-changer for the ability to pass farms from one generation to the next.
Our First Arizona Farm Bureau President: Arizona’s Territorial Vet
Arizona Farm Bureau’s first president, Dr. James Collier Norton was a son of a prosperous Iowa cattle grower. After finishing first in his class of veterinary medicine, he stayed on as an assistant professor until he moved to Phoenix, opened his practice here. That same year, he married his Iowa sweetheart -- Miss Clara Tufts.
Our Customer Care Calls Became Our Pandemic Care Calls
But last March when everything shut down, we moved to a new strategy with our agriculture members.
A New USDA Initiative: The Pandemic Assistance for Producers
The USDA has announced new COVID-19 relief initiatives to help farmers and ranchers weather the economic storm of COVID-19.
Agriculture Must Be Prioritized for COVID-19 Vaccine
In a letter sent to the administration earlier this week, AFBF President Zippy Duvall called for the elimination of barriers to vaccine access for America’s farmers and farm workers.
Hot Off the Presses - Updated Agricultural Transportation Handbook Now Available!
To help navigate these rules, statutes, and exemptions Arizona Farm Bureau created the Agricultural Transportation Handbook first published in 2007 and updated in 2013.
Be it Resolved: Celebrating Arizona Farm Bureau Appreciation Day
We were already excited to celebrate March 23 as National Ag Day, but that afternoon, we were given another momentous occasion to celebrate: Arizona Farm Bureau Appreciation Day. Celebrating our 100 Years!
Virtual Tours Bring Agriculture into the Classroom
Recognizing that many students would be missing out on these memorable educational experiences, several of our Farm Bureau members have come to the rescue and allowed students to travel with them to their farms and ranches, virtually.
Arizona’s Surface Waters Protection Rule
Over the last year, the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) has been working closely with key water users to develop a framework for a State-led surface waters protection program.
Farming and Ranching’s Bottom Line in 2020
The Agricultural Resource Management Survey from the U.S. Department of Agriculture was mailed to producers in December.
Arizona Farm Bureau’s Historical ACEs In the “C” Column
Between Ag in the Classroom and Arizona Farm Bureau’s Outreach efforts, we work to dispel misinformation about agriculture.
Food Company Connecting Farmers to Grocery Stores; Bashas’ Family of Stores First in Arizona To Leverage the Online Sourcing Tool
"We are so excited to be working with Bashas," said Joe Blunda, Forager CEO.
Agriculture Labor During the Pandemic
The H-2A visa, an immigration program for temporary agricultural workers, is an essential way to meet the United States’ labor needs.
Arizona Farm Bureau President Testifies on Opportunities to Tackle Climate Change in Senate Hearing
Smallhouse and the other testimonies stressed how farmers, ranchers and forest owners are both on the frontlines of climate impacts and offer innovative, natural solutions through increased carbon sequestration in trees and soils and reduced GHG emissions.