The Voice

Hickman’s Family Farms Now Certified Humane for their Cage-free Eggs

Posted by Julie Murphree on Fri, Jun 23, 2017@05:00 AM

 

Read More

Tags: Arizona agriculture

Arizona Agriculture, a Fraternity of Builders

Posted by Julie Murphree on Thu, Jun 22, 2017@05:00 AM

By Harold Payne, valley farmer and water management expert writing in an electronic note sent to Arizona Farm Bureau’s Julie Murphree in November 2014: I read the article you wrote about your parents along with some of the other tributes to Arizona farming families. They are most enjoyable to read, especially if they are a farm family I have been acquainted with. I particularly enjoyed the article describing your father and mother’s careers and life interests.

Read More

Tags: Arizona agriculture

Yes Virginia, You Get Your Milk from a Dairy Cow, Not Amazon

Posted by Julie Murphree on Wed, Jun 21, 2017@05:00 AM

By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau Outreach Director: If you pay any attention to business news, you already know that Amazon announced its intent to purchase Whole Foods for more than $13 billion, just another sign of the changing times in the competitive U.S. grocery market. The Amazon announcement came in the wake of last week’s lower earnings forecast from the nation’s biggest supermarket chain, Kroger Company, sending its shares down 19%.

Read More

Tags: Arizona agriculture, Arizona food

Meet Arizona Agriculture’s Frank Martin

Posted by Julie Murphree on Tue, Jun 20, 2017@05:00 AM

By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau Outreach Director with contributions from Communication Intern Lauren Scott: For direct-market farmer Frank Martin it’s all about the seed. Leasing land in four different locations as varied as urban Phoenix to Duncan near the Arizona and New Mexico Border, Martin’s Crooked Sky Farms began in 1999 and really sprouted because of his love of seeds.

Read More

Tags: Arizona agriculture

Membership Matters:  Curiosity Does Kill the Cyber Cat

Posted by Peggy Jo Goodfellow on Mon, Jun 19, 2017@05:00 AM

By Peggy Jo Goodfellow, Arizona Farm Bureau Marketing Manager: June is Safety month.  Due to an inceasing number of cyber hackers, everyone should be alert to the potential of a cyber attack. The number one protection tool against cyber hackers is the human factor. That’s right, you and I are the first best line of defense. 

Read More

Tags: Arizona Farm Bureau member benefits

UA Partners with Arizona Agriculture Industry to CONSERVE

Posted by Julie Murphree on Wed, Jun 14, 2017@05:00 AM

As the planet experiences record heat and California suffers from an historic drought, the clean water needed to safely and sustainably grow food crops is in short supply. In the face of climate change, finding alternative sources of water to grow safe, healthy food has become an urgent national priority.

Read More

Meet Arizona Agriculture’s Retail Farmers

Posted by Julie Murphree on Tue, Jun 13, 2017@05:00 AM

By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau Outreach Director: While our retail farm segment (farmers and ranchers that sell directly to the public) is less than 0.2% of our Arizona agriculture cash receipts, they serve one of our most important engagement functions: outreach. According to the USDA's 2012 Census of Agriculture (the most recent available), retail "represents the value of agricultural products produced and sold directly to individuals for human consumption from roadside stands, farmers' markets, pick-your-own-sites and more. It excludes non-edible products such as nursery crops, cut flowers, and wool but includes livestock sales. Sales of agricultural products by vertically integrated operations through their own processing and marketing operations were exculded." In Arizona, according to USDA, "the value of direct market sales to individuals for home consumption was $7.9 million of the state's total agriculural cash receipts (crop and livestock)."

Read More

Tags: Arizona agriculture

Membership Matters: How to Win a Sweepstakes!

Posted by Peggy Jo Goodfellow on Mon, Jun 12, 2017@07:42 AM

By Peggy Jo Goodfellow, Arizona Farm Bureau: Congratulations! You’ve won five million dollars! Wouldn’t that be nice to hear? If you like getting something for nothing, then maybe it’s time you entered to win a sweepstakes.

Read More

Tags: Arizona Farm Bureau member benefits

Week-in-the-Life: Arizona Farm Bureau’s Education Director

Posted by Julie Murphree on Fri, Jun 09, 2017@05:00 AM

By Katie Aikins, Arizona Farm Bureau Education Director: Katie Aikins here. For those of you who do not know me, I am the Director of Education at the Arizona Farm Bureau (AZFB). Although the role is new, my time within the Farm Bureau family is not. I began my Farm Bureau Career 12 years ago with the Cook County Farm Bureau (Chicago, Illinois), serving as the Director of Public Relations and Education. My goal was to teach inner city students about where their food came from and facilitate programs that fostered an understanding of modern agriculture. After all, everyone should know that corn does not grow in cans and that brown cows do not produce chocolate milk.

Read More

Tags: Arizona Farm Bureau

You Should Know, I’m an Environmentalist

Posted by Julie Murphree on Thu, Jun 08, 2017@05:00 AM

By Stefanie Smallhouse, Southern Arizona rancher and Arizona Farm Bureau’s First Vice President: My husband, Andy, was taken aback not long ago when a customer opened up a friendly discussion with, “You should know, I’m an environmentalist.” An assertion Andy had heard many times but at this moment made him think, “Well ok that’s fine and good but what does that make me?” Later that day, standing in our kitchen, Andy repeated the statement to me and said, “What does that even mean?” 

Read More

Tags: Arizona agriculture