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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.

Senate Passage of Immigration Reform Represents Border Security and More!


Arizona Farm Bureau thanks Arizona Senators Flake and McCain for their efforts and leadership and applaud the U.S. Senate for passing immigration reform legislation yesterday by a vote of 68-32.

Comparison of the Ag Portions of Senate and House Versions of Immigration Bill


A comparison of the agricultural portions of the U.S. Senate “Gang of Eight Bill” on immigration and the Goodlatte bill in the U.S. House

Immigration Reform


The results were still being tabulated from last November’s elections, while pundits and advocates on both sides of the political spectrum were advancing the discussion of "comprehensive" immigration reform. Until the election, the focus was on border security and perhaps moving pieces of immigration reform.

New I-9 Form


USCIS has announced a new Form I-9 for all employers. The form is available for immediate use as follows: Effective May 7, 2013, the old form will no longer be valid for new hires.

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.

Arizona Farm Bureau Addresses Labor Question


AZFB received a question: Absence of a specific commuter (workers regularly transiting the border) reference in American Farm Bureau’s (AFB) visa proposal and that of the subsequent Agricultural Workforce Coalition, a group to which AFB belongs.

Voices Moderating on Immigration Reform


We hear it all the time – elections have consequences. There are impacts. Analysis of results changes the status quo. The ballots were not all counted before the voices across the country began to moderate on immigration reform.

Sustainable Farming in Arizona: The Essential Need for Immigrant Labor


By Kevin Rogers, Arizona Farm BureauI wonder how long before we can have a discussion of immigration and labor issues without it being closed off with the phrases of “border security” and “open border and cheap labor?” Clearly, we have people in this state whose livelihood and security is threatened by border failures. Their pleas should not go unnoticed. One of the freedo...