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Arizona Farmers Pleased With Farm Bill Passage in the House

6/21/2018

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

Fun Facts about Arizona’s Desert Durum ®

6/20/2018

Ultimately, we, here in Arizona and California, believe our Desert Durum® holds celebrity status on the world market, certainly with Italy. This, the country, that knows pasta!

Summey to Serve as Ag in the Classroom Manager

6/19/2018

Tori is the perfect fit for our Ag in the Classroom Team.

What the Farm Bill Means to Arizona

6/13/2018

The Arizona Farm Bureau and the Association of Arizona Food Banks joined forces to report how important the passage of a Farm Bill in 2018 is to all Americans, and certainly Arizona families.

Meet Arizona Agriculture’s Eric Wilkey

6/12/2018

We in agriculture have a pretty strong appreciation for the positive benefits of trade.

A Deep Dive into the Importance of Arizona's Local Markets

6/7/2018

Says Local First Arizona Founder, "One of the things Local First is best at is helping people understand the true costs of the things they buy."

Today’s News Information is Omnipresent but Ag Trade Seems Ignored

6/6/2018

We can confirm this by a statistic coming from the Arizona Department of Agriculture: 70 countries import Arizona crops, commodities, and seeds.

The Most Interesting Facts about Arizona Dairies You’ll Ever Read

6/5/2018

To spend time learning about how we get our milk from the farm to the grocery store and what it takes to take care of our Arizona dairy cows is a pretty cool story.

An Ounce of Support and Then Some

5/31/2018

As Arizona Farm Bureau members, you’re in a unique position to understand just how important elections can be.

2018 Fire Season is Here! Are You Prepared?

5/30/2018

Leaders of the Arizona Farm Bureau and the Arizona Cattle Growers’ Association recently met with representatives from Forest Service, BLM, State Land, and the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management to discuss the best ways to communicate with on-the-ground response teams during a fire-related incident.

It’s Time to Understand and Embrace Neonicotinoid Insecticides

5/24/2018

Neonicotinoid insecticides are the least of bees’ problems. In fact, years of monitoring show proper use of neonicotinoids doesn’t harm bees.

Horizons Loom Big in Farm and Ranch Country

5/23/2018

Out on the open range, a rancher sees far away and he or she thinks of the possibilities. A farmer, checking his fields, sees a clear line on the horizon where his crops are growing; he too sees the future, the possibilities.

Ag in the Midst of a Crisis

5/22/2018

Think about what is being asked of us? We need to produce more, higher quality products for a lower cost without using technology such as genetics without slighting an animal’s perceived comfort level and without emitting an ounce of ammonia or other naturally occurring gas into the atmosphere and in a labor market with virtually zero unemployment

Farm Bill Vote Disappoints Farmers

5/18/2018

Democrats were expected to vote against final passage of the bill and it was anticipated that Freedom Caucus members were not completely on board, however, the outcome came as quite a disappointment to many.

Want to Conserve Water? Don’t Waste Your Food!

5/11/2018

We show you how to double the benefit on two important issues: Water conservation and Food Waste.

Meet the Waylon and Leah Wuertz Family

5/8/2018

There are small gourds, large gourds, stout gourds, twisted gourds and every gourd in between. You guessed it, we’re talking about the Annual Wuertz Farms Gourd Festival held every February in Casa Grande on the Wuertz Family Farm.

We’re Serious about Food Safety

5/2/2018

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

The Farm Bill: A Safety Net During Tough Times

5/2/2018

Arizona Farm Bureau has made it easy for you to contact your legislators and tell them that the Farm Bill is key to the continued success of Arizona agriculture.

100 Ranches

5/1/2018

Arizona Beef

Meet Arizona Agriculture’s Nickerson Family

5/1/2018

Arizona Farm Bureau’s Ag education program profiled broccoli and one of our farm families that grows it on a regular basis, the Nickerson family. Today, we feature the family in our ongoing series and asked them about Farm Bureau.

Membership Matters:  For the Love of Dogs

4/30/2018

Member Benefits

Meet Arizona Agriculture’s Tom Miller

4/25/2018

Tom Miller’s dedication to the pork industry in Arizona and on the national level is beyond words. For Arizona, Miller is the quintessential spokesperson for quality pork production in our state.

Ag Markets and Trade: A Conversation about the Uncertainty

4/12/2018

The U.S. is 4% of the world population, yet we have the natural benefit of close to 25% of the world’s productive farmland. This naturally makes us a country that needs exports in some form or another.

What, Agriculture in Arizona?

4/11/2018

It’s becoming a rare occurrence, but I still run into people that say, “You have farming in Arizona?”

Celebrate Arizona Pork

4/4/2018

In 2016, Arizona hogs brought in $47.5 million in cash receipts to our state, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.

Cattle and Wildlife Hang Out Together!

3/28/2018

Today in Arizona, you’ll find that our ranch families are stewards of habitat on public and private lands

Food Safety's New Way Forward in Arizona

3/27/2018

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.

Biotech is Big Time in Arizona!

3/21/2018

Arizona cotton, corn and alfalfa account for nearly 20% of our state’s crop production! 96.3% of Arizona’s cotton is biotech (GMO).

Second Extension Aids Ag's Unique Transportation Needs

3/19/2018

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue recognizes agriculture’s unique transportation needs and applauded Transportation Secretary Elain Chao ELD waiver announcement in the following statement:

Membership Matters: What's in it for me?

3/19/2018

Member Benefits

It’s All about Video Now

3/15/2018

A video is another way to tell our story, tell it correctly and engage the public.

Celebrating our Families: Kerr Family Dairy

3/14/2018

The Kerr Family Dairy in Buckeye is home to 2,300 dairy cows and 600 acres of alfalfa, sorghum, and oats.

Two Arizona Urban Farmers Win National Grants

3/13/2018

Merchant’s Garden AgroTech in Tucson has been named a $10,000 winner and Arizona Microgreens in Phoenix has been named a $5,000 winner of the Cultivating Change contest, in which local farmers compete for grant awards ranging from $1,000 to $20,000.

Membership Matters: Making Happy Feet

3/12/2018

Member Benefits

The Waltemeyer Family: Growing their Business

3/7/2018

The green industry provides $1.6 billion in total sales to our state with $710,000 in payroll and 30,300 jobs, according to Arizona Nursery Association.

French Wine Lovers Find Paradise in the Desert

3/6/2018

Today, we are told that Arizona’s wine industry generates $3.3 billion in total economic activity.

Agriculture Industry Certification Paves Way for High-Skilled, Trade-Related Careers

2/28/2018

Arizona Farm Bureau spent the last year working with teachers and other industry organizations to develop the Arizona Agriculture Skills and Assessment Certificate (AASAC).

Doing a Double Take on Duplicate Brands

2/27/2018

The Arizona Department of Agriculture has sought and garnered three separate legal opinions regarding the Supreme Court's impacts on the Department and its administration of the brand law.

Meet Arizona Agriculture’s Knapple Family

2/22/2018

The Knapple and Shelton families have always been embedded in Farm Bureau life.

We Grow the Mediterranean Diet in the Desert

2/21/2018

Our state agriculture is so diverse and abundant we can claim that we grow the Mediterranean Diet in the desert here in Arizona.

Farm Bureau and Food Banks Win Big with Farm to Football

2/20/2018

82 classrooms in 16 schools across Arizona collected coins as part of the From Farm to Football Harvest for All Coin Drive raising more than $4,000.

Getting You Up to Speed on Electronic Logging Devices

2/14/2018

According to FMCSA studies, agricultural transporters have a good safety record, and this waiver would likely achieve a level of safety that is equivalent to, or greater than, the level that would have been achieved absent such an exemption.

Beef is Arizona Agriculture's Largest Ag Commodity

2/13/2018

We, as ranchers, must sit up and pay attention to what is going on around us if we expect to embrace the opportunities as they present themselves.

Meet Arizona Agriculture’s Bob Flake Family

2/8/2018

In various leadership positions while members of the Farm Bureau, the Flake family has a long history of farming and ranching in northern Arizona.

Arizona Agriculture is 23 Billion Dollars Beautiful

2/7/2018

When you uncover all the agriculture produced in this desert state you discover it’s 23 billion dollars of beautiful.

Why Grassroots Involvement is a Real Game Changer

2/6/2018

It only took one unpleasant experience speaking with individuals at a casual dinner party to realize I needed to make a change in the way I approached socially- and emotionally-charged topics related to agriculture.

Meet Arizona Agriculture’s Pendley Family

2/1/2018

Although hundreds of thousands of people visit Slide Rock State Park in Sedona each year, many are unaware of its deep-rooted history in agriculture.

Arizona’s Water: A Precious Resource We all Use

1/31/2018

Much of Arizona water involves availability and costs of putting it on crops and livestock.

Top 10 Power Transformers of 2018

1/30/2018

Given the water-power-agriculture nexus, this article provides an update on the significant changes affecting the power industry.

The Buzz on Bees

1/24/2018

To keep honeybees buzzing, plant flowers. Honeybees love flowers. A variety of plant nursery stores have native seed mixes you can select to grow a flower garden for bees.

Legislative Leaders Establish Their 2018 Priorities

1/23/2018

Four of our legislative leaders discuss their priorities as they see them for the current legislative session that's now in full swing.

Farmers: Air Quality Survey Due End of Month

1/18/2018

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.

Food for Thought: Trade Talks, Just Listen!

1/17/2018

In Arizona, our agriculture exports to other countries total $1.5 billion each year.

Arizona Agriculture Loses Another Hero

1/16/2018

On my hero list, I have those who I call the quiet heroes. Sylvia Manterola, who passed away last week, was one of those.

Food for Thought: Pesticide to Your Health!

1/10/2018

You might not believe it, but agriculture’s pesticide footprint is small. In everyday life, the footprint is big!

Grain Prices Likely to Show No Major Changes

1/9/2018

Improving our rural and transportation infrastructure, bringing meaningful competition to rail transportation rates and the successful engagement in new trade agreements that are mutually beneficial are the best way out of the malaise of our growing surplus of farm commodities.

Meet Arizona Agriculture’s Lyman Family

1/9/2018

Currently, the new Gila County Farm Bureau President, Lyman also just finished her leadership as chair of Arizona Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer and Rancher last November

Arizona Farm Bureau Earns National Recognition

1/8/2018

AZFB received American Farm Bureau Federation’s prestigious Pinnacle Award, the highest honor a Farm Bureau state can be awarded for program and membership achievement.

Biotechnology in Agriculture: A Full List of Resources to Understand GMOs

1/4/2018

Arizona Farm Bureau policy supports biotechnology in agriculture. The non-profit, non-partisan grassroots organization also supports organic and traditional agriculture.

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

1/3/2018

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

Why Arizona Farm Bureau is Celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas

12/13/2017

Since so many Arizona families choose beef for the main course versus turkey for Christmas dinner, it only makes sense for Arizona Farm Bureau to devote our attention to the cost of this special meal.

10 Million and Counting

12/12/2017

Surveys and more continue to make it clear that the public continues to struggle with misguided opinions of modern agriculture in Arizona, though there is anecdotal evidence this is changing.

Membership Matters: We Have an App for That

12/11/2017

FB benefits app

Arizona Livestock Officers Newly Trained to Help Battle Opioid Crisis

12/1/2017

Since AZDA’s livestock officers work in rural areas where travel time to an overdose event is a major issue, it’s hoped AZDA officers will be able to prevent opioid deaths.

Long-Time Arizona Leaders to Receive Statewide Award at FFA Gala in January

11/29/2017

Over the last 20-plus years, Ken Williams has been a leader in the Arizona Agricultural Education/FFA Foundation as a founder, treasurer and former president for and continuing active board member.

Ag Deserves Unique Tax Treatment. Here’s Why

11/28/2017

The Death Tax has been devastating for family farms and ranches in Arizona and the phase out of this tax within 6 years is something we have been working towards for decades. This will do a lot for maintaining family operations during times of tragic loss.

Perseverance is the Story of Agriculture

11/21/2017

Arizona Farm Bureau's new president, Stefanie Smallhouse, upon taking office proposed that when we speak with one voice, we are powerful because of our diversity.

Since Next Week is #GivingTuesday Remember Your Favorite Ag Charities!

11/20/2017

Arizona Farm Bureau Educational Farming Company and American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture is urging support for #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving on Nov. 28.

How We Use Pesticides in Agriculture

11/16/2017

By the end of a month-long research effort, I concluded that Arizona agriculture has the pesticide use thing down. Consumers, not so much.

Meet Arizona Agriculture’s Herrington Family

11/14/2017

The Herrington family's agriculture life began in 1977 when they joined the family farm is Safford, Arizona.

New Arizona Ag Industry Number is Big

11/8/2017

The 2017 economic study reveals the $23.3 billion as the largest number in the University of Arizona’s history of documenting Arizona ag's economic footprint.

Arizona Farm Bureau Leaders Elected

11/7/2017

Rancher Stefanie Smallhouse was elected Arizona Farm Bureau President last week by voting delegates during the organization’s 96th Annual Meeting in Mesa.

How to Win the GMO Debate on a College Campus

11/1/2017

Even if you might be shaking in your boots or experience being shouted off stage, there’s one debate worth wading into: the GMO debate.

An Arizona Farm and Ranch Leader Nationally Recognized Along with other Farm Bureau Boot Camp Grads

10/31/2017

AZFB's Women’s Leadership Chair, Sine Kerr, was recognized along with other women leaders as graduates of the eleventh annual Women’s Communications Boot Camp.

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