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Biotech is Big Time in Arizona!


Arizona cotton, corn and alfalfa account for nearly 20% of our state’s crop production! 96.3% of Arizona’s cotton is biotech (GMO).

Second Extension Aids Ag's Unique Transportation Needs


U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue recognizes agriculture’s unique transportation needs and applauded Transportation Secretary Elain Chao ELD waiver announcement in the following statement:

Membership Matters: What's in it for me?


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It’s All about Video Now


A video is another way to tell our story, tell it correctly and engage the public.

Celebrating our Families: Kerr Family Dairy


The Kerr Family Dairy in Buckeye is home to 2,300 dairy cows and 600 acres of alfalfa, sorghum, and oats.

Two Arizona Urban Farmers Win National Grants


Merchant’s Garden AgroTech in Tucson has been named a $10,000 winner and Arizona Microgreens in Phoenix has been named a $5,000 winner of the Cultivating Change contest, in which local farmers compete for grant awards ranging from $1,000 to $20,000.

Membership Matters: Making Happy Feet


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The Waltemeyer Family: Growing their Business


The green industry provides $1.6 billion in total sales to our state with $710,000 in payroll and 30,300 jobs, according to Arizona Nursery Association.

French Wine Lovers Find Paradise in the Desert


Today, we are told that Arizona’s wine industry generates $3.3 billion in total economic activity.

Agriculture Industry Certification Paves Way for High-Skilled, Trade-Related Careers


Arizona Farm Bureau spent the last year working with teachers and other industry organizations to develop the Arizona Agriculture Skills and Assessment Certificate (AASAC).

Doing a Double Take on Duplicate Brands


The Arizona Department of Agriculture has sought and garnered three separate legal opinions regarding the Supreme Court's impacts on the Department and its administration of the brand law.

Meet Arizona Agriculture’s Knapple Family


The Knapple and Shelton families have always been embedded in Farm Bureau life.

We Grow the Mediterranean Diet in the Desert


Our state agriculture is so diverse and abundant we can claim that we grow the Mediterranean Diet in the desert here in Arizona.

Farm Bureau and Food Banks Win Big with Farm to Football


82 classrooms in 16 schools across Arizona collected coins as part of the From Farm to Football Harvest for All Coin Drive raising more than $4,000.

Getting You Up to Speed on Electronic Logging Devices


According to FMCSA studies, agricultural transporters have a good safety record, and this waiver would likely achieve a level of safety that is equivalent to, or greater than, the level that would have been achieved absent such an exemption.

Beef is Arizona Agriculture's Largest Ag Commodity


We, as ranchers, must sit up and pay attention to what is going on around us if we expect to embrace the opportunities as they present themselves.

Meet Arizona Agriculture’s Bob Flake Family


In various leadership positions while members of the Farm Bureau, the Flake family has a long history of farming and ranching in northern Arizona.

Arizona Agriculture is 23 Billion Dollars Beautiful


When you uncover all the agriculture produced in this desert state you discover it’s 23 billion dollars of beautiful.

Why Grassroots Involvement is a Real Game Changer


It only took one unpleasant experience speaking with individuals at a casual dinner party to realize I needed to make a change in the way I approached socially- and emotionally-charged topics related to agriculture.

Meet Arizona Agriculture’s Pendley Family


Although hundreds of thousands of people visit Slide Rock State Park in Sedona each year, many are unaware of its deep-rooted history in agriculture.

Arizona’s Water: A Precious Resource We all Use


Much of Arizona water involves availability and costs of putting it on crops and livestock.

Top 10 Power Transformers of 2018


Given the water-power-agriculture nexus, this article provides an update on the significant changes affecting the power industry.

The Buzz on Bees


To keep honeybees buzzing, plant flowers. Honeybees love flowers. A variety of plant nursery stores have native seed mixes you can select to grow a flower garden for bees.

Legislative Leaders Establish Their 2018 Priorities


Four of our legislative leaders discuss their priorities as they see them for the current legislative session that's now in full swing.

Farmers: Air Quality Survey Due End of Month


ADEQ is asking commercial farmers, dairy, feedlot, and irrigation districts to complete and submit a 3-year Expanded Survey to the Arizona Department of Agriculture.

Food for Thought: Trade Talks, Just Listen!


In Arizona, our agriculture exports to other countries total $1.5 billion each year.

Arizona Agriculture Loses Another Hero


On my hero list, I have those who I call the quiet heroes. Sylvia Manterola, who passed away last week, was one of those.

Food for Thought: Pesticide to Your Health!


You might not believe it, but agriculture’s pesticide footprint is small. In everyday life, the footprint is big!

Grain Prices Likely to Show No Major Changes


Improving our rural and transportation infrastructure, bringing meaningful competition to rail transportation rates and the successful engagement in new trade agreements that are mutually beneficial are the best way out of the malaise of our growing surplus of farm commodities.

Meet Arizona Agriculture’s Lyman Family


Currently, the new Gila County Farm Bureau President, Lyman also just finished her leadership as chair of Arizona Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer and Rancher last November

Arizona Farm Bureau Earns National Recognition


AZFB received American Farm Bureau Federation’s prestigious Pinnacle Award, the highest honor a Farm Bureau state can be awarded for program and membership achievement.

Biotechnology in Agriculture: A Full List of Resources to Understand GMOs


Arizona Farm Bureau policy supports biotechnology in agriculture. The non-profit, non-partisan grassroots organization also supports organic and traditional agriculture.

It's a New Year; Did You Hear about Arizona Farm Bureau's Priority Issues?


Arizona Farm Bureau's Legislative to-do list is big, but manageable. Water and food safety are at the top of the list.

Why Arizona Farm Bureau is Celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas


Since so many Arizona families choose beef for the main course versus turkey for Christmas dinner, it only makes sense for Arizona Farm Bureau to devote our attention to the cost of this special meal.

10 Million and Counting


Surveys and more continue to make it clear that the public continues to struggle with misguided opinions of modern agriculture in Arizona, though there is anecdotal evidence this is changing.

Membership Matters: We Have an App for That


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Arizona Livestock Officers Newly Trained to Help Battle Opioid Crisis


Since AZDA’s livestock officers work in rural areas where travel time to an overdose event is a major issue, it’s hoped AZDA officers will be able to prevent opioid deaths.

Long-Time Arizona Leaders to Receive Statewide Award at FFA Gala in January


Over the last 20-plus years, Ken Williams has been a leader in the Arizona Agricultural Education/FFA Foundation as a founder, treasurer and former president for and continuing active board member.

Ag Deserves Unique Tax Treatment. Here’s Why


The Death Tax has been devastating for family farms and ranches in Arizona and the phase out of this tax within 6 years is something we have been working towards for decades. This will do a lot for maintaining family operations during times of tragic loss.

Perseverance is the Story of Agriculture


Arizona Farm Bureau's new president, Stefanie Smallhouse, upon taking office proposed that when we speak with one voice, we are powerful because of our diversity.

Since Next Week is #GivingTuesday Remember Your Favorite Ag Charities!


Arizona Farm Bureau Educational Farming Company and American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture is urging support for #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving on Nov. 28.

How We Use Pesticides in Agriculture


By the end of a month-long research effort, I concluded that Arizona agriculture has the pesticide use thing down. Consumers, not so much.

Meet Arizona Agriculture’s Herrington Family


The Herrington family's agriculture life began in 1977 when they joined the family farm is Safford, Arizona.

New Arizona Ag Industry Number is Big


The 2017 economic study reveals the $23.3 billion as the largest number in the University of Arizona’s history of documenting Arizona ag's economic footprint.

Arizona Farm Bureau Leaders Elected


Rancher Stefanie Smallhouse was elected Arizona Farm Bureau President last week by voting delegates during the organization’s 96th Annual Meeting in Mesa.

How to Win the GMO Debate on a College Campus


Even if you might be shaking in your boots or experience being shouted off stage, there’s one debate worth wading into: the GMO debate.

An Arizona Farm and Ranch Leader Nationally Recognized Along with other Farm Bureau Boot Camp Grads


AZFB's Women’s Leadership Chair, Sine Kerr, was recognized along with other women leaders as graduates of the eleventh annual Women’s Communications Boot Camp.

Farm and Ranch Delegates to Farm Bureau’s Annual Convention Make the Difference


As an agriculture member, your vote carries the ultimate power in farm bureau.

Teaching Kids How to Manage Money


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The Farm Bill Provides a Safety Net to Farmers and Ranchers during Tough Times


The farm bill is targeted to farmers and ranchers, used to support infrastructure and economic development in rural communities and helps provide breakfasts and lunches for school children.

Ranchers Always Knew Cattle Were Never a Resource Drain; New Study Proves It


New data indicate that animals primarily consume foods not fit for human consumption and meat production requires less cereals than generally reported.

Congressional Trip Allowed for Real-Time Issues Pivoting as Current Events in D.C. Unfolded


In September, a group of Farm Bureau leaders traded the desert for the Potomac for our fall visit to the Capitol.

Amazon's Big Food Move and One Arizona Rancher's Take


Considered a cyber Walmart, Amazon can demand lower prices from wholesalers because of the massive amounts ordered. Farmers and ranchers don't produce widgets, they produce food with limited resources.

Forest Service Needs to Clarify Management Plan for the Arizona Trail


Public enjoyment of the land must be balanced with all other beneficial uses, including those undertaken by Arizona's farmers and ranchers.

Key Herbicide’s use in Arizona Agriculture Has Proven Track Record


Benfluralin has proven to be an important and widely used tool for Arizona’s multi-million-dollar lettuce industry.

The Many Flaws in the EPA’s 2015 Waters of the United States Rule


The 2015 Waters of the United States EPA Rule was created without consulting local governments, agencies, or other stakeholders.

Sales of Organic Arizona Ag Production Down 9% from 2015


The value of sales of certified organic herbs dropped almost 40 percent from 2015.

The Farm Bill is the Food Bill to Thousands of Arizonans


Recent numbers specific to Arizona on the farm bill’s health contributions to Arizona families are now available.

Speaker Lineup Set to Unlock Economic Mysteries for Arizona Agriculture


U of A's economic team reveals the new billion dollar number for the first time Friday, November 3. One clue? It's north of our current $17.1 billion Arizona agriculture industry.

Water in the West and Our Future


Because of costs to farm, farmers and ranchers maximize efficiencies including trying to use our precious water resource most effectively.

Farm Bureau Leaders have Four Key Duties. Can You Name Them?


American Farm Bureau created FB University for county leaders to obtain key training through 5 learning Pathways.

Arizona Agriculture Teacher Shortage Can be Solved


While a shortage still exists, a variety of efforts have been undertaken on national, state and local levels to get more ag teachers in our Arizona schools.

Time for Tax Reform for Farmers and Ranchers


Nationwide survey showed, consistently and with certainty, that Americans support sweeping changes in tax structures to benefit American agriculture.

Moving to a Better Standard


Arizona Farm Bureau fully supports the effort to move the industry to a more accurate, science-based method of determining carcass maturity.

When You Buy it, You Know It, You Can Sell It


Perhaps one of its best kept secrets, Farm Bureau has offered crop and livestock insurance for its customers for some time.

Urban Farm Continues to Encourage Fruit Trees in the Desert


Arizona residents flocked to the Annual Fruit Tree Program, where experts shared their knowledge about growing fruit trees in the desert climate.

Abuse and Misuse of the Antiquities Act Must Stop


Most western state ranchers lease land from the federal government and have done so for decades to graze their cattle on the open range.

Arizona Needs to Raise Up the Next Generation of Agricultural Lawyers


2017 marks the first year agricultural law is being taught at Arizona State University's Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law.

Membership Matters: 5 Great Grilling Tips from AmeriGas


With tailgate season at hand, these five tips help you keep your grill ready for cooking.

Millennials Are Ready to Be Builders


By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau Outreach Director: In June, I met Monsanto’s Director of Mil...

Membership Matters: Mom…I’m hungry!


By Peggy Jo Goodfellow, Marketing Manager Arizona Farm Bureau: It’s back to school time! Have you n...

New I-9 Form Must Be Used by September 18th


By Julie Pace, attorney with Cavanagh Law specializing in employment-related issues: As may be awar...

Arizona Faces Agriculture Teacher Shortage


By Joyce Lobeck, agriculture writer investigating the agriculture education issue on behalf of Ariz...

Speak Up for Rescinding and Revising WOTUS


By Staff Reports for Arizona Farm Bureau: On February 28, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive...

Arizona is ranked 7th in the top 25 states with the highest Rural Road Fatality Rate


By Staff Reports, Arizona Farm Bureau: According to Trip, a private nonprofit organization that res...

Membership Matters: For the Love of Cowboy Boots


By Peggy Jo Goodfellow, Arizona Farm Bureau Marketing Manager: You don’t have to be a cowboy to wea...

Equine Rescue: What's Real, What's Not?


By Chelsea McGuire, Arizona Farm Bureau Government Relations Director: When the economic recession ...

Meet Arizona Agriculture’s Anita Waite and Sherwood Koehn


By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau Outreach Director: Like so many of our ranchers in Arizona, ...

Membership Matters: Drive Like your Car is Brand New


By Peggy Jo Goodfellow, Marketing Manager Arizona Farm Bureau: Statistics show that one of every si...

Ag is Ugly but Hunger is Even Uglier


By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau Outreach Director: Farming and ranching is ugly but hunger i...

Arizona Ranchers See Relief from Federal Water Extortion


By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau Outreach Director: Reintroduced in the U.S. House of Represe...