Environment Articles




Excuse Me, I Burped


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

The Nature of Arizona Soil


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

 USDA Signup for Conservation Reserve Program Now Open


Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture is opening signup for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) today.

A Conversation About Wild Horses: Jacquelyn Hughes


After meeting her, Hughes and I had a fascinating discussion of the relationship between the public and wild horses. And, of course, I asked her to share her insights with us.

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.

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.

The Heat is On!


Agriculture employers must take careful note of key required safety measures to ensure employees are staying cool despite hot environments. If not, you could be held liable in the event of a heat-related incident.

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.

Keeping Yarnell and Arizona Firefighters in our Prayers


We are deeply saddened by the loss of 19 firefighters who had been battling the fire up in Northern Arizona.

Farm Credit Joins Lawsuit to Protect Continued Federal Land Grazing in Arizona


In a successful ruling that will allow continued livestock grazing in the Western Region of the U.S. through 2017, Federal District Court Judge Lynn Winmill sided and agreed with the Farm Credit System’s brief in favor of protecting federal lands allocated to farmers and ranchers for livestock grazing purposes.