Land Use Articles




Arizona’s Public Lands: Let’s Support the Ranchers in Keeping them Pristine


Ranching and recreating must work hand in hand for everyone using the lands to get along.

Arizona Farm Bureau President Applauds Trump Administration Updates to the Endangered Species Act


The finalization of these rules is a very positive sign of progress towards a more sensible implementation of the Endangered Species Act.

An Arizonan Does See the Forest for the Trees, A Conversation


Arizona State Representative Bob Thorpe suggests that if we applied true forest management we’d have more water in our reservoirs.

Arizona Agriculture: An Often Ignored Success Story (1)


One of the greatest resources of this country is our inspiration – an idea every time you turn around.

Of Sustainability and Steaks


The desert sunset featuring a cowboy atop his horse is one that every American loves. It has been used to sell everything from cigarettes to real estate. Some of the tools of the trade have not changed much either, like the horse, rope and hot iron brand. While the city folk romanticize about being on horseback pushing that big herd underneath the western sky, that cowboy in the image is busy trying to stay competitive in an ever-changing market. Gone are the simple days of driving large herds of cattle to market, collecting a check and calling it a day. Great change has taken place over the years toward not only becoming more than sustainable but also to remain resilient in markets which move in gigabytes.

A Spark of Optimism for Ag Labor Reform


Farmers and ranchers need a reliable workforce to produce food for America, and accept that most of the workers they need come from other nations. It has been a long time coming, but U.S. lawmakers are increasingly recognizing this as well.

Remember These are Trust Lands, Not Public Lands


By Gerald FlakeSecond Vice PresidentArizona Farm BureauOnce again voters turned down proposals to change the rules on state trust land. It will continue to be managed and sold under the criteria of best and highest use and the only method of disposal is at public auction.It is not that my neighbors and myself do not oppose the idea of maintaining some designated state trust lands from ever being ...

Pushing the Kelo Envelope


By Kevin Rogers “In the aftermath of the Kelo Supreme Court decision, two questions remain: How will the term ‘public benefits’ be defined, and how will we define "takings" by government action?  Government interests are hoping for no restraints around the definition of ‘public benefits,’ and then betting they can confuse the takings issue by conj...