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!
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.
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, Flat Stanley’s cousin, travels all over the United States visiting farms and ranches to learn about agriculture
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.
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.
In Arizona, our Yuma farmers know that eating greens is vital to staying healthy, strong, and boosting immune systems.
Oddly enough, a younger generation of farming families may have to check well pumps again when CAP water is cut.
Passing a Farm Bill this year is critically important.
Danzeisen Dairy has already sold more local, fresh eggnog this holiday season than they did all last year through December 25th.
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.
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.
Ray Alcaida was a long-time member and supporter of Arizona Farm Bureau.
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.
The attack was persistent, relentless, methodical and annually cost tens of millions of dollars and spread to other states.
Klingenberg bought his first field of 40 acres in 1965 and continued to work for Valley Seed for 14 years.
For thousands of years, agriculture has moved this state forward and never more efficiently than today
In over 50 years Bill never missed a Pinal County Fair Junior Livestock Auction.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Because of our 300-plus days of super sunshine in Arizona, cantaloupe and honeydew melons can be harvested in the spring and fall.
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.
Cochise County produces lots of wine grapes, pecans, and pistachios.
We celebrate Arizona agriculture in all its forms. Pecans are just one of those special crops we grow in this desert state.
Sacrifice carries deep meaning but for military families it’s routine.
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.
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.
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.