The Voice

The Voice
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Keeping Our Eyes on the Future; Our Hearts in the Fight

8/20/2019

Lessons Learned from a Farm Boy Who Had Two Years and 24 Hours to Accomplish the “Impossible.”

Tips for Great Grilling

8/19/2019

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Arizona’s High Cotton Status Might Be the Worst Possible Outcome During Current Trade Wars

8/15/2019

To make matters worse, right now cotton demand is weak while exports are uncertain.

Playing Catch Up on Arizona Water Management Plans

8/14/2019

Long story short: there’s a lot of work to be done, and not much time to do it.

Ag Innovation Challenge Ready to Award $145K in Startup Funds to Entrepreneurs

8/13/2019

To apply for the 2020 Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge, competitors can apply online.

Arizona Farm Bureau President Applauds Trump Administration Updates to the Endangered Species Act

8/12/2019

The finalization of these rules is a very positive sign of progress towards a more sensible implementation of the Endangered Species Act.

Advocacy in Concentrated Form

8/8/2019

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.

Arizona Bean Farmers Suggest You Eat More Beans!

8/7/2019

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.

An Arizona Grazing Lease is More than Forage

8/6/2019

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 Agriculture’s Tomatoes are Tops in the Nation

8/5/2019

Arizona’s $14.1 million makes our state the sixth-highest greenhouse tomato producer in the U.S.

Arizona Agriculture is at the Top of our State's Primary Sectors

8/2/2019

These four primary sectors are agriculture, mining, fishing, and forestry.

Remember the Basic Elements of a Business Plan

8/1/2019

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, The business plan is the document that maps out the details of your business.

New Member Benefit Form Helps Promote Your Business

7/31/2019

Discounts provided must be of at least 10% value of a member’s total purchase to become a benefit provider.

Tough Market Conditions Ripe Environment for Value-Added Arizona Agriculture

7/31/2019

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.

Gertie Hickman Selected as First Recipient of New Resilient Women Award

7/30/2019

For this newly established recognition, Arizona agriculture has a great group of women to pull from.

Higher Limits Now Available on USDA Farm Loans

7/26/2019

The recent Farm Bill Increased Limits and Makes Other Changes to Farm Loans.

Arizona Farm Bureau Cheers Funding for 2501 Program

7/25/2019

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.

Arizona is An Open-Range State, But ...

7/25/2019

No-fence districts are established by the County Board of Supervisors.

What is Agritourism?

7/24/2019

Agritourism is a consumer-focused form of agriculture and it's really gaining traction in Arizona!

Meet Arizona Agriculture's Jim Hartdegen

7/24/2019

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.

Disruptive Technology in Farming; Look Beyond the Labels

7/23/2019

The good news is that we can benefit from other trends over the last several years.

Arizona Farm Bureau Leadership Meet McSally In DC

7/16/2019

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.

Meet Arizona Agriculture’s Molovinsky Family

7/9/2019

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."

Membership Matters: Propane Savings

7/8/2019

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Crazy Market Conditions Create Ripe Opportunities for Value-Added Agriculture

6/26/2019

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.

A Fourth of July Family Tradition Down On an Arizona Family Farm

6/25/2019

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.

Our Automotive Member Benefits

6/24/2019

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Arizona Retail Farmer Helps His Customers with Produce Buying and Even Cooking

6/18/2019

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.

Arizona Aggies Maintain Vigilance in Your Hiring Process

6/17/2019

Be vigilant and never cut corners on your hiring process, even if you need to hire someone quickly.

On the Radio with Arizona’s Capream Dream Team

6/13/2019

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.

In the Age of Digital Technology, Leadership Programs Remain Essential

6/12/2019

As long as these programs remain robust with our support, there will be no leadership crisis in agriculture or elsewhere.

Meet Arizona Agriculture’s Hunt/Randall and Gorton/Vesci Families

6/11/2019

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.

U.S. House of Representatives Passes Disaster Relief Bill

6/5/2019

H.R. 2157 provides over $5.228 billion in total agricultural relief funds.

Latest Census of Agriculture Releases: Highlights Across the Grand Canyon State

5/22/2019

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.

Meet Arizona Agriculture’s Chuck and Judy Backus

5/21/2019

Time spent outdoors hiking and mountain climbing around the West and Mexico fueled Chuck's decision to want to eventually become a cattle rancher.

Top 6 Strategies to Avoiding Activist Disruptions at Livestock Shows

5/20/2019

Protestors have disrupted everything from the Royal Winter Fair and World Dairy Expo to county fairs and junior livestock shows.

An Arizonan Does See the Forest for the Trees, A Conversation

5/14/2019

Arizona State Representative Bob Thorpe suggests that if we applied true forest management we’d have more water in our reservoirs.

Meet Arizona Agriculture’s Capream Dairy Team

5/13/2019

Broad and diverse, the latest example of the entrepreneurial spirit thriving in agriculture within our membership involves a rare breed of milk goat.

Tamping Down the Stress Level on the Farm

5/4/2019

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.

Let’s Pick Arizona Peaches, They’re Ready!

5/2/2019

Peaches from Schnepf Farms have been named and featured in Wine Spectator Magazine as the best in the country.

Sales Tax on Livestock Feed

4/22/2019

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.

Generational Arizona Farm Family Introduces Sheep Milk to Product Line

4/9/2019

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.

Times and Standards Are Changing

4/3/2019

A revised set of high school Agriscience Standards is here, and the class of 2021 will be the first tested on these standards.

Meet Arizona Agriculture’s Teeple Family

4/2/2019

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.

A Conversation about How to Celebrate Arizona Wine

4/1/2019

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.”

The Honorable Mention Goes to Joe Citizen

3/27/2019

A core competency of Arizona Farm Bureau's is to develop leadership and advocacy skills if you get involved in Farm Bureau activities.

Meet Arizona Agriculture’s John Babiarz of Greenfield Citrus Nursery

3/26/2019

In 1994, as an amateur fossil collector, Babiarz acquired an unusual skeleton belonging to an extinct sabertooth cat.

Drive Like Your Car is Brand New

3/18/2019

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Savings Options at Universal Studios

3/11/2019

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Harness the Savings with Propane Power

3/4/2019

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Arizona Farm Bureau Supports USMCA

2/26/2019

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.

Are you Planning on Buying a New Vehicle?

2/25/2019

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Meet Arizona Agriculture’s Deron Keener and Diversified Organics

2/19/2019

The experts tell us that vertical integration is a structure or arrangement where the organization, or company, owns and manages their own supply chain.

International Inventor Waters Dreams for his People

2/14/2019

Bhungroo, which means straw in Gujrati, helps subsistence farmers in rural India store excess water to prepare for prolonged droughts.

Fast-tracking Hemp: Possible Licenses by Early Summer

2/12/2019

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.

Office Essentials for Your Business

2/11/2019

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DCP Can Help Keep River's Legacy of a Vibrant Arizona a Reality

2/7/2019

Of the states involved in the plan (California, Nevada, and Arizona), only Arizona needed express legislative authorization to sign on to the DCP.

Arizona Farming and Strawberries

2/6/2019

Arizona climate and soil and super talented Arizona farmers can grow strawberries really well, but they're not always commercially viable.

Meet Arizona Agriculture’s Tina Thompson

2/5/2019

Latest in our ongoing series, this Arizona ranch family has been around since 1879.

Avoid Eye Injury, Use Safety Goggles

2/4/2019

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The Faux Farm Girl

1/28/2019

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!

Legislative Leaders to Join Farm Bureau at 2019 AgFest

1/22/2019

Arizona Farm Bureau will be hosting the majority of Arizona's Legislative Leaders on Wednesday at the Arizona Department of Agriculture to teach them about Arizona agriculture. In the meantime, read what their plans are for the 2019 legislative year.

USDA to Reopen FSA Offices for Limited Services During Government Shutdown

1/16/2019

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that many Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices will reopen temporarily in the coming days to perform certain limited services for farmers and ranchers.

Flat Aggie Stops Over in Yuma to Take in Some Arizona Farming

1/16/2019

Flat Aggie, Flat Stanley’s cousin, travels all over the United States visiting farms and ranches to learn about agriculture

Border Security for Arizona Ranchers: Meet a Momma Bear on the Border

1/11/2019

First published in October 2010, this story may have as much relevance for today as America debates the border wall as it did when first published.

Where We Accept Risk; Where We Don’t

1/10/2019

Since Americans eat an estimated 130 million salads a day, California and Arizona leafy greens farmers, along with shippers, have zero tolerance (sometimes called a “no fail” policy) when it comes to safety in the food safety supply chain.

Arizona Farming’s Top 9 Reasons to Eat Leafy Greens

1/8/2019

In Arizona, our Yuma farmers know that eating greens is vital to staying healthy, strong, and boosting immune systems.

Pinal County Ag, An Economic Powerhouse

1/8/2019

Oddly enough, a younger generation of farming families may have to check well pumps again when CAP water is cut.

Membership Matters: Resolve to Save in 2019

12/24/2018

Member Benefits

We Need Your Help to Get A Farm Bill Passed This Year

12/6/2018

Passing a Farm Bill this year is critically important.

Arizona’s Local Eggnog, The Talk of the Town this Holiday Season

12/4/2018

Danzeisen Dairy has already sold more local, fresh eggnog this holiday season than they did all last year through December 25th.

Membership Matters: Holiday Travel Savings

12/3/2018

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Arizona's Competitive Grocery Market and What it Means to Arizona Farming

11/27/2018

Working with only a one to two percent profit margin, grocery retailers have developed apps for cell phones that will advertise, allow for ordering and connecting with customers before they even walk in the store.

Membership Matters: Creating a Login

11/26/2018

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Arizona Farming Business Makes the Semifinals of Nationwide Innovation Challenge

11/13/2018

The urban aquaponics fish and produce business now wait to hear if they become one of four finalists who will compete at AFBF’s Annual Meeting this January in New Orleans.

Don't Spread Infections, Wash Your Hands

11/12/2018

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Meet Arizona Agriculture’s Ray Alcaida

11/6/2018

Ray Alcaida was a long-time member and supporter of Arizona Farm Bureau.

Arizona’s Pork Story Can’t Be Told Without Tom Miller

11/5/2018

According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Arizona’s pork industry ranges from a low of $33 million in cash receipts (2017) to as high as $60 million.

After 100 Years, Victory Declared Over a Really Bad Bug

10/31/2018

The attack was persistent, relentless, methodical and annually cost tens of millions of dollars and spread to other states.

Meet Arizona Agriculture’s Klingenberg Family

10/30/2018

Klingenberg bought his first field of 40 acres in 1965 and continued to work for Valley Seed for 14 years.

Water Planning is Messy, as it Should Be

10/29/2018

For thousands of years, agriculture has moved this state forward and never more efficiently than today

Let's Talk Agriculture at the Fence Line

10/29/2018

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Meet Arizona Agriculture’s William Stambaugh

10/23/2018

In over 50 years Bill never missed a Pinal County Fair Junior Livestock Auction.

Educational Farming Company. What’s that?

10/18/2018

The Educational Farming Company is an organization that champions agriculture in Arizona by promoting efforts to develop youth, teach agriculture in Arizona’s classrooms and informs the public about farming and ranching.

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