Anti-Ag Activists Articles




Top 6 Strategies to Avoiding Activist Disruptions at Livestock Shows


Protestors have disrupted everything from the Royal Winter Fair and World Dairy Expo to county fairs and junior livestock shows.

Hunting for Common Sense on the Wolf Issue


Local ranchers testified to the loss of some 400 head of livestock since the reintroduction of the Mexican gray wolf to the Blue Ridge Wolf Recovery Area of northeastern Arizona and northwestern New Mexico.

My Visit to Monsanto


Though it shouldn’t, this editorial feels like “True confessions.” Yes, I did it … I went into the “Belly of the Beast” (as some in the food community think) … I went to Monsanto at the end of April, headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri .

If You have a CAFO, You're On the List


Farmers and ranchers across the United States have been affected by a recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by Earthjustice and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

HSUS and Bank of America: It Does Matter


By Kevin Rogers, Arizona Farm Bureau PresidentBank of America has a credit card program where entities can pay to have their logo on a Bank of America credit card ? they have hundreds of them. I took them to task for the program they have with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Their President responded back indicating the size of the commitment Bank of America has to agriculture gen...

Pick the Factory Farm: A Tale of Two Farmers


Pick the Factory Farm: A Tale of Two Farmers By Craig Fata, Illinois Farm BureauThere’s a guy in Illinois who’s a farmer.  He farms 5,000 acres of corn and soybeans over several areas.  He is responsible for all of the business decisions for the operation, including which varieties to plant, when to sell what he harvests and for how much. His tractors and combines ...

Ag Education Becomes Key Catalyst for Engaging the Public


Ag Education Becomes Key Catalyst for Engaging the Public By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau Ag Education DirectorIt’s one thing when your next door neighbor has misconceptions about agriculture; it’s downright scary when the vast majority of incorrect understandings of agriculture is emerging within our own FFA and 4-H ranks. And, yes, we can blame some of it on an urbanized...

Animal Rights in Arizona: We're Living in Two Different Worlds


By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm BureauAg buddies of mine sent me a news announcement from Arizona State University (ASU) that Gene Baur, founder of Farm Sanctuary and author of the book, “Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds about Animals and Food” (Simon & Schuster), will be at Arizona State University’s West campus tomorrow (Sept. 30) to talk about people’s food...

Animal Rights in Arizona: Negative Media Attention Does Impact Meat Demand


By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm BureauMedia attention to animal welfare results in significant, negative effects on U.S. meat demand, according to a new analysis by Kansas State University. The study’s results are based on an extensive search of top U.S. newspapers and magazines from 1982 to 2008.  Disguised as animal welfare, the reality is that much of this attention is about animal ...

Horse Slaughter is a Humane Option for Abandoned Animals


 By Kevin Rogers, Arizona Farm BureauHow many times have we heard the phrase “unintended consequences” in reference to government actions? Some actions have great intentions, but result in a major calamity. Let’s look at the issue of horse slaughter. There are no horse slaughter facilities operating in this country due to government actions. Congressional efforts are a...