The Meier’s family, beginning with his father, Bill, had always farmed hundreds of acres in what we’d consider close to the heart of Phoenix, much of it on land that now has houses instead of crops.
The best way to explain our lobbying and outreach story is to show the highlights of the last two decades. We plan to share weekly highlights of each one of the years beginning in 2000.
In general, dairy cattle are bred and raised for their ability to produce milk and beef cattle are mainly raised for meat.
Financial condition, risk management, and planning for the future are the top areas for evaluating how well you've set up to protect your farm or ranch for the future.
The four candidates we are about to profile here -- Tiffany Shedd, Sine Kerr, Tim Dunn and David Cook -- have a unique but common story: they are all currently in and from agriculture.
This fourth-generation farm family from Casa Grande is perhaps one of our strongest Arizona farm families advocating for the continuous education of the public about modern-day farming.
“Tiffany Shedd is a true Arizonan, true westerner, and true agriculturalist,” said AgPAC Chairwoman Sherry Saylor.
The Carlink Ranch straddles the Lower San Pedro River and operates in the same location it did for more than 130 years ago.
Sossaman and Anderson have a passion for farming and are excited about the new wave of interest in ancient grains.
The public’s idea of the cowboy and ranching is somewhat romanticized. There are times, that ranching is not romantic at all.
The Farm Bill is a bill for everyone in Arizona and America,” said Arizona Farm Bureau President Stefanie Smallhouse and Pima County rancher.
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!
Tori is the perfect fit for our Ag in the Classroom Team.
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.
We in agriculture have a pretty strong appreciation for the positive benefits of trade.
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."
We can confirm this by a statistic coming from the Arizona Department of Agriculture: 70 countries import Arizona crops, commodities, and seeds.
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.
As Arizona Farm Bureau members, you’re in a unique position to understand just how important elections can be.
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.
Neonicotinoid insecticides are the least of bees’ problems. In fact, years of monitoring show proper use of neonicotinoids doesn’t harm bees.
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.
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
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.
We show you how to double the benefit on two important issues: Water conservation and Food Waste.
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.
Our California and Arizona produce farmers are serious about food safety and our most recent video on this topic highlight that point.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It’s becoming a rare occurrence, but I still run into people that say, “You have farming in Arizona?”
In 2016, Arizona hogs brought in $47.5 million in cash receipts to our state, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.
Today in Arizona, you’ll find that our ranch families are stewards of habitat on public and private lands
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.
Arizona cotton, corn and alfalfa account for nearly 20% of our state’s crop production! 96.3% of Arizona’s cotton is biotech (GMO).
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:
A video is another way to tell our story, tell it correctly and engage the public.
The Kerr Family Dairy in Buckeye is home to 2,300 dairy cows and 600 acres of alfalfa, sorghum, and oats.
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.
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.
Today, we are told that Arizona’s wine industry generates $3.3 billion in total economic activity.
Arizona Farm Bureau spent the last year working with teachers and other industry organizations to develop the Arizona Agriculture Skills and Assessment Certificate (AASAC).
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.
The Knapple and Shelton families have always been embedded in Farm Bureau life.
Our state agriculture is so diverse and abundant we can claim that we grow the Mediterranean Diet in the desert here in Arizona.
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.
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.
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.
In various leadership positions while members of the Farm Bureau, the Flake family has a long history of farming and ranching in northern Arizona.
When you uncover all the agriculture produced in this desert state you discover it’s 23 billion dollars of beautiful.
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.
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.
Much of Arizona water involves availability and costs of putting it on crops and livestock.
Given the water-power-agriculture nexus, this article provides an update on the significant changes affecting the power industry.
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.
Four of our legislative leaders discuss their priorities as they see them for the current legislative session that's now in full swing.
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.
In Arizona, our agriculture exports to other countries total $1.5 billion each year.
On my hero list, I have those who I call the quiet heroes. Sylvia Manterola, who passed away last week, was one of those.
You might not believe it, but agriculture’s pesticide footprint is small. In everyday life, the footprint is big!
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.
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
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.
Arizona Farm Bureau policy supports biotechnology in agriculture. The non-profit, non-partisan grassroots organization also supports organic and traditional agriculture.
Arizona Farm Bureau's Legislative to-do list is big, but manageable. Water and food safety are at the top of the list.
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.
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.