The Voice

Millennials Are Ready to Be Builders

Posted by Julie Murphree on Tue, Aug 08, 2017@05:00 AM

By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau Outreach Director: In June, I met Monsanto’s Director of Millennial Engagement, Vance Crowe. Over lunch at American Farm Bureau Federation’s Communication Conference we had a very interesting conversation.

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Tags: Arizona agriculture

Membership Matters:  Mom…I’m hungry!

Posted by Peggy Jo Goodfellow on Mon, Aug 07, 2017@05:00 AM

By Peggy Jo Goodfellow, Marketing Manager Arizona Farm Bureau: It’s back to school time!  Have you noticed that learning seems to make kids hungry? As soon as they get home from school they want to eat. Children have smaller stomachs and may not eat much in one sitting, but they do eat often. The problem is children are not only notoriously picky eaters, they’ll usually fight for sugary junk food. Because many kids get about one-third of their daily calories from after-school snacks, these nibbles are as important as a balanced breakfast, lunch or dinner.

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Tags: Arizona Farm Bureau member benefits

New I-9 Form Must Be Used by September 18th

Posted by Julie Murphree on Thu, Aug 03, 2017@05:00 AM

By Julie Pace, attorney with Cavanagh Law specializing in employment-related issues: As may be aware that immigration enforcement is a major priority for the Trump Administration. Work site enforcement and I-9 audits and inquiries by ICE will continue to increase.  And in the midst of all this, a new I-9 form was issued. 

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Tags: Arizona agriculture

Arizona Faces Agriculture Teacher Shortage

Posted by Julie Murphree on Wed, Aug 02, 2017@05:00 AM

By Joyce Lobeck, agriculture writer investigating the agriculture education issue on behalf of Arizona Agricultural Education / FFA Foundation and Arizona Farm Bureau: Arizona has been facing a shortage for several years of agriculture teachers that has officials concerned about its lingering impact on the industry that helps feed the nation.

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Tags: Agriculture Education

Speak Up for Rescinding and Revising WOTUS

Posted by Julie Murphree on Tue, Aug 01, 2017@05:00 AM

By Staff Reports for Arizona Farm Bureau: On February 28, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order to review the 2015 Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule and to rescind or revise that rule as appropriate based on the new Administration’s policy of preventing pollution while also promoting economic growth, minimizing regulatory uncertainty, and showing due regard for the roles of Congress and the States under the Constitution. 

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Tags: American agriculture

Arizona is ranked 7th in the top 25 states with the highest Rural Road Fatality Rate

Posted by Julie Murphree on Tue, Jul 25, 2017@05:00 AM

By Staff Reports, Arizona Farm Bureau: According to Trip, a private nonprofit organization that researches, evaluates and distributes economic and technical data on surface transportation issues, Arizona ranks 7th in the top 25 states with the highest rural road fatality rate in the country. Additionally, 35% of Arizona’s major roads are in poor or mediocre condition. Driving on roads in need of repair costs Arizona motorists $2.4 billion a year in extra vehicle repairs and operating costs, approximately $481 per Arizona motorist.

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Tags: Arizona agriculture

Membership Matters: For the Love of Cowboy Boots

Posted by Peggy Jo Goodfellow on Mon, Jul 24, 2017@05:00 AM

By Peggy Jo Goodfellow, Arizona Farm Bureau Marketing Manager: You don’t have to be a cowboy to wear and enjoy a good pair of boots.  Whether you are buying cowboy boots, work boots or fashion boots with lots of bling you’ll want to make sure you buy the right size. The first step is to try on the boots.

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Equine Rescue: What's Real, What's Not?

Posted by Julie Murphree on Wed, Jul 19, 2017@05:00 AM

By Chelsea McGuire, Arizona Farm Bureau Government Relations Director: When the economic recession of the late 2000’s hit Arizona, one of the unexpected consequences was an alarming number of abandoned horses. Unable to afford food or shelter, horse owners simply abandoned or set free their recreational horses, and people were at a loss for where to send the animals for proper care. One of the best options was an equine rescue organization.

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Tags: Arizona Equine

Meet Arizona Agriculture’s Anita Waite and Sherwood Koehn

Posted by Julie Murphree on Tue, Jul 18, 2017@05:00 AM

By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau Outreach Director: Like so many of our ranchers in Arizona, Anita Waite and Sherwood Koehn are known for their conservation practices on their 70,000-acre Cane Springs Ranch near Kingman, Arizona. Owned since 1993, Waite and Koehn have worked with a number of groups throughout Arizona on projects that are beneficial to the wildlife on their ranch such as deer, javelina and small game.

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Membership Matters: Drive Like your Car is Brand New

Posted by Peggy Jo Goodfellow on Mon, Jul 17, 2017@05:00 AM

By Peggy Jo Goodfellow, Marketing Manager Arizona Farm Bureau: Statistics show that one of every six traffic fatalities are related to driver distraction. Another half million injuries result from distraction-related crashes.

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