The Voice

The Voice
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What Arizona Ranchers Can Expect from an Important Policy Center Designed to Support the Industry

11/12/2019

Current major issues faced by agriculture and natural resource industries include labor shortages, water use policies, and food safety.

A Word of Thanks

11/7/2019

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.

Deadline Looms to Obtain Pasture, Rangeland and Forage Policy to Protect Your Ranch

11/5/2019

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.

It Took an Act of Congress to Get Us Thanksgiving

10/31/2019

Congress decided to officially set a fixed-date for the holiday because of an interesting calendar issue one year.

A Destiny Fit for a King

10/29/2019

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.

There's an App for That!

10/28/2019

Membership Matters

Arizona Young Farmer's and Ranchers Annual Meeting

10/21/2019

Attend the Arizona Young Farmers and Ranchers 2019 Annual Meeting!

Meet Arizona Agriculture’s Button Family

10/16/2019

Ramona Farms, established in the early 1970s, represents the convergence of modern and traditional farming.

Testing Your Ag Business Idea in the Marketplace

10/15/2019

Do you know the four questions you need to ask to determine if your Business idea is marketable?

Online Registration Open for AFBF's 2020 Annual Convention

10/14/2019

Get ready for American Farm Bureau Convention. Register Today!

Viticulture Program Helping Ensure Arizona Keeps Making More Wine

10/9/2019

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.

The Science-based Benefits of Grazing on Public Lands

10/8/2019

Arizona's grazing rates are low because that's what the market will sustain.

A Conversation About Wild Horses: Jacquelyn Hughes

10/3/2019

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.

Let’s Talk Pumpkins in Arizona Agriculture

10/2/2019

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.

Boot Barn Savings

9/30/2019

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A Follow-Up Conversation with a Humanitarian: Howard Buffett

9/24/2019

Knowing the interesting things Howard Buffett was doing with research on the Willcox farm, I reached out to him these six years later.

SAVE UP TO 30% OFF AVIS RENTALS

9/23/2019

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WOTUS: The Old Rule Finally Finished

9/13/2019

Arizona Farm Bureau fully supports the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision to repeal the irrational and unclear 2015 Waters of the US Rule.

Cheer Your Team During the Territorial Cup While Contributing to Ag Education!

9/12/2019

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 Drive Toward Electric Autonomous Vehicles

9/10/2019

The average car today is only used 4% of the time, meaning that most vehicles sit dormant the equivalent of 350 days per year.

Keep Your Dog Cool in Summer

9/3/2019

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Why USMCA is So Important to Agriculture

8/23/2019

Mexico is by far Arizona’s best trade partner, followed closely by Canada and China is a solid third.

An Arizona Apple A Day is Possible Thanks to Our Farmers

8/22/2019

Arizona apples have some unique qualities that make Arizona apple growers proud.

98th Annual Meeting November 13 through 15 at Wigwam Resort

8/21/2019

The work of the Arizona Farm Bureau delegate body is our most important work.

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

Member benefits

Savings Options at Universal Studios

3/11/2019

Member benefits

Harness the Savings with Propane Power

3/4/2019

Member benefit

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

Member Benefits

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!

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