Environment Articles




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.

A Conversation with an Energy Economist: Oil Boom 2.0!


Chief Economist for American Petroleum Institute (API), John Felmy, Ph.D., recently made a trip to Arizona for a conference and sat down with Arizona Agriculture to discuss the emerging energy boom in America and the benefits to agriculture, specifically Arizona agriculture.

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.

Surfers Will Get their Wetsuits from the Arizona Desert in the Future (1)


Thanks to a unique plant that thrives in the Arizona desert, surfers will be getting their “all-natural” wetsuits from the Arizona desert.

Arizona Agriculture: But Isn't All Farming Organic?


By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm BureauYes, I stand by this statement, “All Farming is Organic.” This is a contemplative conclusion as I’ve witnessed some of the most amazing organic and conventional agriculture in our state and certainly in Yuma County, and even prior to my coming on board with Arizona Farm Bureau. Defined, “organic” means “Having properti...

Forest Health Cannot Take a Back Seat!


Forest Health Cannot Take a Back Seat! By Joe Sigg, Arizona Farm BureauIt’s a little difficult to talk about forest health issues, from a public policy point of view, so soon after the dramatic losses felt during our summer forest fires. As you talk to people it hits on such a personal level, when your life, home, property and livelihood is threatened or lost. Threats of the natur...