Current major issues faced by agriculture and natural resource industries include labor shortages, water use policies, and food safety.
his year your generous donations to the Educational Farming Company helped us convey a positive message of agriculture to more than 100,000 students, teachers and parents throughout Arizona.
Your agent should take the time to explain and educate you on how this program works and to make sure it’s right for you.
Congress decided to officially set a fixed-date for the holiday because of an interesting calendar issue one year.
Old pictures of the ranch and the Altar Valley area reveal a somewhat different landscape than what the most recent generation of Kings are used to.
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Ramona Farms, established in the early 1970s, represents the convergence of modern and traditional farming.
Do you know the four questions you need to ask to determine if your Business idea is marketable?
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With the affordability of in-state tuition at Yavapai College and the available learning resources, the Southwest Wine Center easily ranks as a top choice for students wanting an education in grape growing and winemaking.
Arizona's grazing rates are low because that's what the market will sustain.
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.
In Arizona, we’re celebrating pumpkins on so many of our family farms. The 2017 Census of Agriculture, the USDA’s most recent, shows 241 acres grew pumpkins in our state from 114 farms.
Knowing the interesting things Howard Buffett was doing with research on the Willcox farm, I reached out to him these six years later.
Arizona Farm Bureau fully supports the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision to repeal the irrational and unclear 2015 Waters of the US Rule.
Come cheer on your Team with Ag in the Classroom! ASU is going to be donating a portion of each ticket sold through our link to Ag in the Classroom.
The average car today is only used 4% of the time, meaning that most vehicles sit dormant the equivalent of 350 days per year.
Mexico is by far Arizona’s best trade partner, followed closely by Canada and China is a solid third.
Arizona apples have some unique qualities that make Arizona apple growers proud.
The work of the Arizona Farm Bureau delegate body is our most important work.
Lessons Learned from a Farm Boy Who Had Two Years and 24 Hours to Accomplish the “Impossible.”
To make matters worse, right now cotton demand is weak while exports are uncertain.
Long story short: there’s a lot of work to be done, and not much time to do it.
To apply for the 2020 Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge, competitors can apply online.
The finalization of these rules is a very positive sign of progress towards a more sensible implementation of the Endangered Species Act.
The reality is that advocacy is just as crucial to the future of agriculture as any of the other tasks we do on a daily basis.
The USDA recommends that adults eat more than three cups of beans each week for maximum health benefits, three times more than the current average American consumes.
It’s the responsibility of the Executive and Legislative branches to ensure that the State Land Department is equipped with the tools and resources to perform its mission.
Arizona’s $14.1 million makes our state the sixth-highest greenhouse tomato producer in the U.S.
These four primary sectors are agriculture, mining, fishing, and forestry.
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, The business plan is the document that maps out the details of your business.
Discounts provided must be of at least 10% value of a member’s total purchase to become a benefit provider.
As more and more farms and ranches and more and more of agriculture tries to connect food to consumers, we’ll have more of the public’s embrace.
For this newly established recognition, Arizona agriculture has a great group of women to pull from.
The recent Farm Bill Increased Limits and Makes Other Changes to Farm Loans.
The 2018 Farm Bill boosts mandatory funding for the program through FY 2023 that seeks to help socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers and ranchers own and operate successful farms.
No-fence districts are established by the County Board of Supervisors.
Agritourism is a consumer-focused form of agriculture and it's really gaining traction in Arizona!
While a Representative in the Arizona State Legislature from 1977 to 1991, aggie Jim Hartdegen served as Chairman of the Natural Resources and Agriculture Committee for a number of years.
The good news is that we can benefit from other trends over the last several years.
We are thankful for the great working relationship we have with the office of Senator McSally and are proud to represent our agriculture members across the state.
On his love of agriculture: "I love the trial and error, and then being able to literally see and taste the fruits of your labor."
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines value-added products as a change in the physical state or form of the product; the production of a product in a manner that enhances its value, as demonstrated through a business plan.
25-year-old Connor Schnepf, the oldest son of Mark & Carrie Schnepf, is producing the HOMETOWN 4th of July and Mark & Carrie couldn’t be more thrilled.
Direct-market farmers also need to have an educational mindset. If they put out a variety of produce they should be prepared to tell people how to cook it because they’ll ask you.
Be vigilant and never cut corners on your hiring process, even if you need to hire someone quickly.
As Farm Bureau members, Capream enjoys the opportunities provided for them to talk about their goat herd, the quality of their products and the future of farming in Arizona.
As long as these programs remain robust with our support, there will be no leadership crisis in agriculture or elsewhere.
This profile shows the nexus between the beginner farmer and our historical agrarian roots so early in Arizona’s history can have a clearly defined story, legacy, and future.
H.R. 2157 provides over $5.228 billion in total agricultural relief funds.
There were 19,086 farms in Arizona in 2017, a decrease of 4.6 percent from the 2012 Census. Most of the decrease was in Maricopa and Pima counties. The Navajo Nation counties (Apache, Coconino, and Navajo) account for 62 percent of Arizona’s total farms.
Time spent outdoors hiking and mountain climbing around the West and Mexico fueled Chuck's decision to want to eventually become a cattle rancher.
Protestors have disrupted everything from the Royal Winter Fair and World Dairy Expo to county fairs and junior livestock shows.
Arizona State Representative Bob Thorpe suggests that if we applied true forest management we’d have more water in our reservoirs.
Broad and diverse, the latest example of the entrepreneurial spirit thriving in agriculture within our membership involves a rare breed of milk goat.
A strong majority of farmers and farmworkers say financial issues, farm or business problems and fear of losing the farm impact farmers’ mental health, according to a new national Morning Consult research poll.
Peaches from Schnepf Farms have been named and featured in Wine Spectator Magazine as the best in the country.
To help alleviate some of the tax burdens on our farm and ranch families, Farm Bureau in 2016 helped spearhead a sales tax exemption on livestock feed.
Our Saturday morning on Rosie on the House was full of all sorts of wonderful information about Rovey Family Farms, sheep cheese and where you can find this fresh, local artisan cheese.
A revised set of high school Agriscience Standards is here, and the class of 2021 will be the first tested on these standards.
Teeple’s lavender has been identified by the plant experts as having some of the highest quality lavender in the world, in part, because of how well it grows in the high altitudes, known as high-elevation super lavender.
Arizona Sommelier Valeree Halsey Ibarra suggests, “talking with a wine steward at your favorite retail stores or restaurants and have them suggest or guide your purchasing decisions based on your preferences and what kind of wine you gravitate towards.”
A core competency of Arizona Farm Bureau's is to develop leadership and advocacy skills if you get involved in Farm Bureau activities.
In 1994, as an amateur fossil collector, Babiarz acquired an unusual skeleton belonging to an extinct sabertooth cat.
The Arizona Farm Bureau is proud to stand in support of the USMCA. Mexico and Canada are the two largest export markets for Arizona agriculture.
The experts tell us that vertical integration is a structure or arrangement where the organization, or company, owns and manages their own supply chain.
Bhungroo, which means straw in Gujrati, helps subsistence farmers in rural India store excess water to prepare for prolonged droughts.
Because of the 2018 Farm Bill, while today hemp remains a very minor crop, many predict it will rapidly expand. In 2016, less than 10,000 acres were grown nationwide; in 2017, nearly 26,000 acres were produced by about 1,500 farmers.
Of the states involved in the plan (California, Nevada, and Arizona), only Arizona needed express legislative authorization to sign on to the DCP.
Arizona climate and soil and super talented Arizona farmers can grow strawberries really well, but they're not always commercially viable.
Latest in our ongoing series, this Arizona ranch family has been around since 1879.
One of my unchecked boxes on my bucket list, as many of you know, is to be like you, a farmer or rancher! You guys are my heroes!