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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

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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.

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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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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