The Voice

Food Safety Rules Challenge Farmers but Arizona Agriculture Ready

Posted by Julie Murphree on Wed, Feb 22, 2017@05:00 AM

By Arizona Farm Bureau Communication Director Julie Murphree: Equal treatment of domestic and foreign growers, the need for extensive education, training and technical assistance and agricultural water provisions are among farmers’ top concerns as they implement the Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA) produce rules, according to Bob Ebhart, senior policy and science advisor with the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture. Ebhart spoke to farmers and ranchers from across the country during the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 2017 Annual Convention earlier this year.

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Tags: Arizona agriculture

Navajo Generating Station's Future

Posted by Julie Murphree on Tue, Feb 21, 2017@05:00 AM

By Arizona Farm Bureau's Joe Sigg: With respect to the Navajo Generating Station, I feel a little like Rip Van Winkle.  Wasn’t it just yesterday, we were lobbying and writing pieces and testifying before Congress as to the importance of this facility?  And then we go to sleep, and seemingly the next morning we find the determination to close it.

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Tags: Arizona Energy

Membership Matters: Save on Propane Power

Posted by Peggy Jo Goodfellow on Mon, Feb 20, 2017@05:00 AM

By Peggy Jo Goodfellow, Arizona Farm Bureau Marketing Manager: As a clean versatile energy source, propane is used for a wide variety of applications. Farm Bureau members use propane for space heating, water heating, cooking. Since 2007, Arizona Farm Bureau members have been able to receive AmeriGas propane at a discounted rate. 

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Tags: Member Benefits, Farm Bureau, Farm Bureau member

Arizona Farm Bureau Provides Scholarship Opportunities in the Counties

Posted by Julie Murphree on Thu, Feb 16, 2017@06:00 AM

By Arizona Farm Bureau Field Manager Amber Morin: Paying for college can be cumbersome for many students, and student debt is a burden that many parents do not want their children saddled with. Arizona’s county Farm Bureaus understand this and are here to help!

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Tags: Scholarship Opportunities

From Farm to Football Coin Drive Winners Earn Cardinal’s Penny

Posted by Julie Murphree on Wed, Feb 15, 2017@05:00 AM

By Katie Aikins, Arizona Farm Bureau Ag Education Director: The winners of the From Farm to Football Harvest For All Coin Drive received a surprise in the form of a Penny. Arizona Cardinals Running Back, Elijhaa Penny joined Hickman’s Family Farms and Arizona Farm Bureau Ag in the Classroom for an afternoon on the field with students at Trinity Lutheran School in Litchfield Park. The Trinity Tigers won this unique opportunity after Ms. Haddad’s Kindergarten class raised $565.01, the most of any of the 36 participating classrooms, through the From Farm to Football Harvest For All Coin Drive.

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Tags: Agriculture Education

Arizona Farm Bureau’s Jim Klinker is FFA’s Agriculturalist of the Year

Posted by Julie Murphree on Tue, Feb 14, 2017@05:00 AM

By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau Communication Director: Arizona FFA recently named Arizona Farm Bureau’s Jim Klinker Agriculturalist of the Year. This distinguished recognition was presented to him during its inaugural Blue & Gold Gala last month.

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Tags: Arizona agriculture, FFA, Arizona FFA

Membership Mattters:  Grainger Isn’t Just for Tools Anymore!

Posted by Peggy Jo Goodfellow on Mon, Feb 13, 2017@05:00 AM

By Peggy Jo Goodfellow, Arizona Farm Bureau: As a kid, I loved to play “office.” I grew up in Ramona, California a small mountain town northeast of San Diego. My Dad had his own insurance agency and I would spend hours dreaming about when I grew up and what I’d have in my own office someday.

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Tags: Arizona Farm Bureau, Member Benefits, Farm Bureau, Farm Bureau members

Good News: House Passes Bill to Overturn BLM’s Planning 2.0 Rule

Posted by Julie Murphree on Thu, Feb 09, 2017@01:26 PM

By Arizona Farm Bureau’s Government Relations Manager Ana Kennedy Otto: Earlier this week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.J. Res 44 to overturn the BLM’s Planning 2.0 rule. Good news for our farm and ranch families. Now the bill goes before the Senate.

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Tags: Bureau of Land Management

Environmental Attorney to Arizona Agriculture: Fight for Your Rights

Posted by Julie Murphree on Thu, Feb 09, 2017@05:00 AM

By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau Communication and Organization Director: When government agencies have the power to write, enforce and interpret the law, private citizens are disadvantaged and the government always wins, said Anthony Francois, senior staff attorney, environmental and property rights law for Pacific Legal Foundation.

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Tags: Arizona agriculture

The Latest Effort to Stop the Health Insurance Tax

Posted by Julie Murphree on Wed, Feb 08, 2017@05:00 AM

By Ana Kennedy Otto, Arizona Farm Bureau Government Relations Manager: Last June Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema met with Arizona small business owners to discuss the health insurance tax (HIT Tax) and her ongoing effort to repeal it. Sinema and others are now renewing efforts to stop the HIT.

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Tags: Taxes