Food for Thought

Food for Thought



Arizona Agriculture Moves the State's Economy!


Arizona agriculture helps move our state's economy!

Arizona Agriculture is Hands On!


Whether someone is in animal agriculture or crop agriculture or both, farming and ranching are a hands-on career endeavor. You need to be present to be successful.

Arizona Agriculture is Always on The Move


Arizona agriculture is constantly on the move, making food and fiber for you.

AZ Foodie Loco about Local Arizona Agriculture


Arizona's foodie influencer "Az Foodie" loves our Arizona restaurant scene. She also loves our Farmers and Ranchers. Find out who she's cooking within the kitchen.

Arizona Agriculture is 24/7


In farming and ranching? Then you know the hours are almost 24/7. It's an ongoing commitment. If the job needs doing in the middle of the night, it gets done.

Arizona Agriculture is High Tech


Modern agriculture can show it's high tech status in a number of ways including improved precision agriculture, various irrigation methods, seed technology, and much much more!

Navigating the Last Food Mile


Have you ever considered the last food mile?

Can you Name Arizona's Top Agriculture Commodities?


We call ourselves "The Nutrition State" in this desert state.

Eat More Arizona Grown Beans!


In Arizona, our pinto bean farmers help us eat healthily.

Swipe Right and Meet Your Farmer


We are grateful for our farmers and ranchers across the state growing and raising Arizona's vast variety of agriculture commodities.

Put Pork on the Menu: It's Healthy!


Nutrient-rich, pork is versatile, affordable and delicious. Arizona raises yummy pork!

Farming is a Family Affair: The Button Family


Arizona Farm Bureau members from the beginning, Ramona and Terry Button had a dream and today the dream is realized.

Meet Some of our Arizona Cotton Farmers


Cotton planting is just around the corner in Arizona! And, cotton has been king in Arizona for 2,000 years thanks to the ancient Hohokam.

The Faces of Arizona Agriculture's Produce Farmers


Today, we celebrate Arizona's produce farmers: Organic, conventional, small and large farms, direct market and commodity market. Our fruit and vegetable farmers help contribute to this state's economy!

Excuse Me, I Burped


Greenhouse gas emissions by cattle barely register on the Richter scale.

Farming's Recipe for Success


Can you list agriculture's core ingredients?

Arizona Pistachios: A Healthy Nut!


Arizona's pistachio nuts are a healthy, versatile and tasty nut!

Food Waste Isn't Cool


Food waste occurs in a variety of ways.

Milking the Word Milk: Video


We have an honest discussion about the use of the word milk in the beverage industry.

Five Interesting Facts about Eggs


One of the most economical forms of protein, eggs are loaded with vitamins and minerals

The Nature of Arizona Soil


Like soils all over the world, Arizona soil, especially southern Arizona, has some unique characteristics.

Lettuce Talk about Arizona's Leafy Greens


In the winter, Arizona produces the majority of America's leafy greens. So, if you sit down to a salad this holiday, thank an Arizona leafy greens farmer.

The Future of Food


Some fun and interesting trends are shaping up in the food scene, according to a recent study.

Great Tips when you shop for Fresh Produce in the Grocery Store


We're excited about helping Arizona families be successful when they shop in their local grocery store.

Tips for Shopping a Farmer's Market, Video


Thinking about heading to your local farmers market more often? Some tips.

The Faces of our Arizona Ranchers: Video


Arizona Farm Bureau celebrates the faces of Arizona's ranch families.

The Truth About Corporate Farms


It takes a lot of produce, chickens, and cows, and pigs to feed you and me. So, we've built bigger barns.

Arizona Cotton Matters


Arizona’s grown cotton for hundreds of years, thanks to the ancient Hohokam.

Arizona Agriculture Works! The Video


The diversity of Arizona agriculture is amazing. And, it all works!

Yum, Pork! Video


Arizona pork is a healthy meat protein to add to your balanced diet. Remember to eat fruits, vegetables, meat proteins,

Rescue Arizona Wine Trapped in a Bottle: Video


Arizona wines can stand on their own.

We're Nuts about Arizona's Nuts - Video!


Arizona agriculture is host to some amazing pecan and pistachio orchards.

Drop Some Arizona Citrus into Your Diet Plan: Video


Arizona agriculture grows wonderfully tasty citrus.

Farmers Were Autonomous on the Farm When Autonomous Wasn't Cool


You're excited about driverless cars on our freeways today. But, down on the farm, we were autonomous with our tractors way ahead of the pack.

Arizona Dairy Cows Eat Well - Video


Dairy cows have a nutritionist. Do you?

Arizona Beef, A Nutritional Powerhouse in a Small Package


3-ounces of beef provides 10 essential nutrients including protein, iron, zinc and B vitamins.

Video: Ask an Arizona Farmer How to Save Water


If you want to grow the Med Diet in the Desert, you need to let a farmer use water.

Arizona is a Fruitful Desert


Arizona's farmers and ranchers use climate, soil, and wise water management to make this desert state an efficient and highly productive agricultural state.

Keep Our Forests Healthy


If we managed our forests better in Arizona, we'd have more water in our reservoirs.

Arizona's Young Farmers and Ranchers


Our next generation of farmers and ranchers in Arizona are moving forward in leadership work and more!

Arizona Farm Bureau's Policy Development Process


Farm Bureau is unique because it gives each farm and ranch member the chance to direct the organization’s work.

What to Know about GMOs


While others are in development, there are 10 commercially available biotech crops in the U.S.

Arizona Pork and Trade Video


Australia, Canada and America are the only countries that can export chilled meat to China.

The Video: Arizona's Women in Agriculture


Celebrating Arizona's women in agriculture.

The Truth about Antibiotics in Meat


When the animals Farmers and ranchers care about get sick, they are going to take care of them like they do their own kids.

Arizona's Amazing Alfalfa!


Alfalfa feeds dairy cows and dairy cows make our favorite dessert: Ice Cream!

Animal Welfare Means Treating Animals Well


Farmers and ranchers employ humane practices to keep their animals happy and healthy.

C is for Citrus, The Video


Arizona agriculture grows citrus too! In fact, Arizona, California, Texas, and Florida are the only U.S. states that produce citrus for consumption.

Don't Worry, Eat Your Vegetables!


Farmers and ranchers hold themselves personally responsible for the food they grow and raise because what they grow and raise they feed their own families!

The Saguaro, King Cactus: The Video


The great Saguaro Cactus will only grow in the Sonoran Desert.

Arizona Agriculture is here to Serve You Leafy Greens!


Daily, Arizona, and California serve up millions of servings of leafy greens.

A Horse is a Horse, Of Course! The Video


Arizona has a horse industry in the multi-millions. Between pleasure riding and competitions, plus working horses on our ranches, our state's horses are a breed apart!

Arizona Rancher Tells the Border Story: Video


Ranching on the border for years, Arizona rancher Jim Chilton was invited onstage at American Farm Bureau's Annual Meeting to tell an audience of 7,000 American farmers and ranchers why we need a border wall.

You Lose If Pinal County Ag Loses Water: Video


Pinal County, Arizona agriculture is an economic engine.

Running the Numbers in Pinal County's Farming Industry: Video


Check out how much agriculture in Pinal County drives the economy locally and statewide in Arizona.

Live in the City, Thank an Irrigator, the Video


We need water for everything. And, thanks to Arizona farmers, they brought you water.

The Faces of Arizona Agribusiness, Video


Farmers and ranchers are in partnership with a great wealth and variety of people in the agribusiness world.

Arizona's Dairy Farmers, the Video


We celebrate our Arizona Dairy farmers!

Roses are Red and Every Color of the Rainbow Video


Arizona produces and exports 75% of the nation's rosebushes.

Pinal County Does Wonders with Water Video


Pinal County is home to more than 900 productive and valuable family farms.

Apple Video: An Apple A Day ...


Remember to eat the peel of the apple where all the fiber and anti-oxidants reside.

We're In High Cotton in Arizona!


Cotton is a renewable resource all along the supply chain including in the recycling process.

We Have a Lot of Possibilities with Pork!


We have so many recipes on Arizona Farm Bureau's Fill Your Plate, we can't count them!

From Seed to Shining Seed


Do you know where all the seeds to plant crops come from? Arizona farmers grow seeds for broccoli, onions, cauliflower, lettuce, okra, artichoke, grasses, and more! Arizona seed companies export 130 types of seeds to 59 countries around the globe.

Turf's Up!


Bet you didn't think of grass, or turf, as an agriculture crop.

Hunting Protects Wildlife


Because of good management of the land, farmers and ranchers support wildlife.

We're Crazy for Arizona Cantaloupe


Arizona is really good at growing sweet cantaloupe. Here's our story

We're High on Arizona Hemp!


Hemp holds great potential for Arizona’s agricultural industry.

Arizona Has Pecan Power!


Arizona is home to the largest irrigated Pecan farm. And, pecans can be a nutritious addition to your diet.

We're Sweet on Honey!


Arizona is home to some great honey beekeepers catering to the local market.

Celebrating Arizona's Award-Winning Wines!


Arizona wine wins locally and internationally!

Drink Milk, Get Strong, Stay Healthy!


Our Dairy farmers drink milk. They know the health benefits of a tall cold glass.

Dairy and Beef Cattle: Breeds Apart


Dairy cattle are bred and raised for their ability to produce milk and beef cattle are mainly raised for meat.

Arizona's Urbane Urban Farmers


Haven't met any of Arizona's Urban farmers even though you get to the farmers' markets?

Arizona Agriculture's Faces of Farming and Ranching


Here are some of Arizona farming's farmers and ranchers. From all backgrounds, starting points, and destinations.

Video: You Get a Taste of History with Our Arizona Ancient Grains


Ancient grains that originated in the Fertile Crescent are grown and processed by Arizona farm families today!

Video: We Grow Celebrity Wheat in Arizona


Arizona grows world-renowned wheat, Desert Durum ®! Because of its consistent quality, our Desert Durum® keeps global markets coming back for more.

Video: The Ag products Arizona Ships Around the Globe


Arizona exports cotton, fruits, vegetables, beef, dairy and seeds to over 70 countries including Canada and Mexico.

Neonicotinoids Don't Harm Bees When Used Right


Years of monitoring show proper use of neonicotinoids doesn’t harm bees.

Video: When You Waste Food, You Waste Water


If you calculate the water it took to grow the food on your plate, you’re typically eating nearly 2,000 gallons of water a day.

Food Safety is a Priority for our Farmers and Ranchers


Arizona families and Americans across the country would be pleased to discover that our produce farmers in Arizona and California take food safety very seriously.

Agriculture in Arizona: What's Out There


Arizona is more than tourism and cactus. Our diversity of farming and ranching helps make our state's agriculture worth $23.3 billion!

We Celebrate Arizona Pork


In 2016, Arizona produced nearly $50 million worth of pork. We produce a high-quality pork that's healthy and tasty.

Cattle and Wildlife Hang out Together, Video


Some of the simplest strategies created and maintained by ranchers benefit wildlife and cattle.

Biotech is Big Time in Arizona!


Arizona agriculture's three biotech crops are cotton, corn, and alfalfa.

Farming is a Family Affair: The Kerr Family


We profile another Arizona agriculture family, the Kerrs. This family from Maricopa County's West Valley run a dairy. You'll love their story.

Our Business is Growing!


Part of Arizona agriculture's robust economy is because of the plant nursery sector. Here, we profile one Arizona family operating in a generational business.

The Med Diet in the Desert


Our latest video telling Arizona agriculture’s story highlights our diverse farming and ranching in Arizona.

Arizona Agriculture is $23.3 Billion of Beautiful!


With the latest economic survey on Arizona agriculture (November 2017), we can announce that agriculture in this desert state is $23.3 Billion.

Who Uses Water? We All Do!


Agriculture uses lots of water. But, the ultimate user is you and me.

Get the Buzz on Bees!


Honey bees are important.

Trade Talks


We love and celebrate local. But agriculture also needs global trade.

We Pesticide to Our Health Daily!


In everyday life, we're using pesticides to protect our health. Can you guess what they are? In fact, the everyday pesticide footprint is bigger than agriculture's pesticide footprint.

Eggcellent Power Packed Protein!


Economical power packed protein exists in the delightful egg! Plus, egg yolks are one of the few foods that are a naturally good source of Vitamin D.

We're Loco about Local


Arizona agriculture is excited about local food and we produce it daily not only for our statewide farmer's markets but in our grocery stores.

The Prime Line Up!


The prime industries, agriculture, forestry, mining, and fishing, mean the rest of our industries can exist. We need raw materials to thrive. We need agriculture in America.

Farming is a Family Affair: The Rogers Family


99% of our farms and ranches are family owned and operated. Here, you'll meet the Rogers Family from Arizona.

Organic and Conventional Farming: More alike than Different


We celebrate small and large farms in Arizona, organic and conventional. We celebrate it all because we need it all.

Ranching is a Family Affair: The Smallhouse Family


Farming and ranching is a family affair. No wonder, since 99% of the farms and ranches in America are family owned and operated.

Arizona is Sweet on Sweet Corn


Arizona is good at growing really sweet sweet corn.