Food Safety & Security Articles





Arizona Farmers Pleased With Farm Bill Passage in the House


The Farm Bill is a bill for everyone in Arizona and America,” said Arizona Farm Bureau President Stefanie Smallhouse and Pima County rancher.

We’re Serious about Food Safety


Our California and Arizona produce farmers are serious about food safety and our most recent video on this topic highlight that point.

Food Safety's New Way Forward in Arizona


Mr. Oddo’s insights highlight the high points of Senate Bill 1063: Produce Safety Rule; State Administration recently signed into law by Arizona’s Governor Ducey. The bill allows the Arizona Department of Agriculture to assume primary enforcement of the Produce Safety Rule.

It's a New Year; Did You Hear about Arizona Farm Bureau's Priority Issues?


Arizona Farm Bureau's Legislative to-do list is big, but manageable. Water and food safety are at the top of the list.

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.

Arizona Food Prices Down 3.5%


Arizona retail food prices at the supermarket are down in the second quarter of 2013, according to the latest Arizona Farm Bureau Federation Marketbasket Survey. The informal survey shows the total cost of 16 basic grocery items was $47.97, down $1.78 or about 3.5% less than the first quarter of 2012.

Enhanced Tax Laws Encourage Businesses to Donate Food and Produce


Two recent enhanced pieces of tax legislation, one federal and the other state, offer tremendous benefits to large and small business donors in hopes of encouraging increased food and produce donations to food banks and other charitable organizations in times of great need.

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.

Food Safety in Arizona: Food Contaminants Really Don't Care Whether Food is Organic


By Philip Bashaw, Arizona Farm BureauIn early August, the owner of a Venice, California health food retail establishment named Rawesome and two others were arrested for violation of food safety standards related to unpasteurized dairy products. This event has sparked a heated debate over government regulation of food safety and the perceived crackdown on organic food production and raw foods by t...

Food Safety in Arizona: Budget Cuts Could Put Your Food Safety at Risk


 By Tim Dunn, Arizona Farm Bureau Vice President, and Chair of the Advisory Council for the Arizona Department of Agriculture. Desperate for a balanced state budget, some have recently suggested that we waive a wand and make the Arizona Department of Agriculture (ADA) disappear. These same people suggest that ADA subsidizes Arizona farmers and ranchers and that it’s done out of general...