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Arizona Farm Bureau 97th Annual Meeting Program

10/19/2018

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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.

7 Tips to Ensure You’ll Drink the Wine You Like

10/17/2018

In Arizona, it’s not unusual to end up talking to the wine-maker and owners of some of our state’s most fabulous wines.

Meet Arizona Agriculture’s Emil Rovey Family

10/16/2018

In agriculture circles, we often say at least one Rovey will be at an upcoming agriculture or Farm Bureau meeting. And, once you read Emil Rovey’s story, you’ll understand why.

Membership Matters: Ford Safe Driving Tour

10/15/2018

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Fighting Hunger in Arizona with Agriculture's Help

10/10/2018

Arizona has ranked 10th nationally in food insecurity but dropped to 12th in a recent study; we are still 6th in the country for child food insecurity.

You're an Annual Meeting Delegate, Now What!?

10/9/2018

Arizona Delegates from County Farm Bureaus around the state discuss and vote on policies that lead Farm Bureau’s work on key issues that will impact agriculture.

The Story of Arizona Chili Peppers Can't Be Told without Ed Curry

10/5/2018

In the farming industry, the genetic origins for 80 to 90 percent of the chilis grown commercially in the U.S. can be traced back to Curry’s farm in Arizona.

Arizonans Need to Vote No on Prop 127 to Keep Electrical Rates Affordable

10/3/2018

An average 2,200-cow Arizona dairy can easily run annual energy bills of $500,000. Proposition 127, on this year’s ballot, could easily end up adding another $200,000 to a dairy farmer’s energy bill to run his dairy and keep his cows comfortable.

Guess What 2018 Candidates Are Saying about Arizona Agriculture

10/2/2018

With the General Election only a few short weeks away, the Arizona Farm Bureau reached out to candidates in key races to solicit their response to our 2018 General Election Candidate Questionnaire.

2018 Fall Pumpkin and Corn Maze Festivals

10/1/2018

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2018 Annual Convention Registration

9/27/2018

Annual Convention Registration

Crushing Arizona’s Wine Grapes

9/27/2018

Arizonans annually drink 19.2 million gallons of wine. In 2016, Arizona wine growers produced no more than 190,008 gallons. This means our local winemakers have the potential to crush a lot more grapes.

Arizona is Good at Growing Melons

9/26/2018

Because of our 300-plus days of super sunshine in Arizona, cantaloupe and honeydew melons can be harvested in the spring and fall.

Meet Arizona Agriculture’s Jeannette Fish

9/25/2018

For dedication and service to Maricopa County farmers and Farm Bureau over the past 20 years, Jeannette Fish received the Distinguished Service to Agriculture award from Maricopa County Farm Bureau and also Arizona Farm Bureau in 2015.

We're High on Hemp!

9/19/2018

We're high on Hemp but it's not what you think!

Make your Own Lunchables

9/17/2018

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Arizona’s Pistachio Story

9/12/2018

Cochise County produces lots of wine grapes, pecans, and pistachios.

Want a Date?

9/3/2018

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Pecan Power in Arizona Farming

8/29/2018

We celebrate Arizona agriculture in all its forms. Pecans are just one of those special crops we grow in this desert state.

Farmers and Ranchers Dig Deep

8/28/2018

Sacrifice carries deep meaning but for military families it’s routine.

Food Safety’s Farm-to-Fork Continuum

8/22/2018

Everyone in the farm-to-fork continuum should keep documentation for one-step back and one-step forward, meaning that they know who they received the product from and they know who they gave it to, the food supply chain.

Candidates in Contested Primaries Share Their Plans for Arizona Agriculture

8/21/2018

This summer, Arizona Farm Bureau gathered comments from candidates in key primary races through its 2018 Primary Election Candidate Questionnaire. The agriculture-focused questions were designed to give members an overview of the agriculture-related positions held by primary candidates in competitive races.

Meet Arizona Agriculture’s Monica Kilcullen Pastor

8/21/2018

If you’re in agriculture in this state and involved in leadership roles, certainly agriculture education, you know who Monica is and what her passion is: teaching teachers to teach youth about where their food comes from. Plus, a few other things we’ll find out.

Monsoon Rains Bring More Bugs!

8/19/2018

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Meet Arizona Agriculture’s Meier Family

8/14/2018

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.

Membership Matters: Your FB Benefit App

8/13/2018

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Arizona Farm Bureau Successes

8/7/2018

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.

Beef and Dairy Cattle: Breeds Apart

8/1/2018

In general, dairy cattle are bred and raised for their ability to produce milk and beef cattle are mainly raised for meat.

Steps to Mitigate Financial Risks on the Farm

7/31/2018

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.

Meet Arizona Agriculture’s Tommy and Sammie Caywood

7/24/2018

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.

Membership Matters: Food Lovers Delight

7/23/2018

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Farmer with Long-time Roots in Congressional District 1 Gets Arizona Farm Bureau’s AgPAC Endorsement

7/16/2018

“Tiffany Shedd is a true Arizonan, true westerner, and true agriculturalist,” said AgPAC Chairwoman Sherry Saylor.

Smallhouse Urges Congress to Save Ranches, Federal Lands

7/13/2018

The Carlink Ranch straddles the Lower San Pedro River and operates in the same location it did for more than 130 years ago.

Tasting History, Arizona’s Ancient Grains!

7/11/2018

Sossaman and Anderson have a passion for farming and are excited about the new wave of interest in ancient grains.

Meet Arizona Agriculture’s Morin Family

7/10/2018

The public’s idea of the cowboy and ranching is somewhat romanticized. There are times, that ranching is not romantic at all.

Membership Matters: Mom...Dad, I'm Bored

7/9/2018

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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