The Voice

Food Safety, Part 2

Posted by Julie Murphree on Thu, Apr 27, 2017@05:00 AM

By Stewart Jacobson, a part time employee of the Arizona Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Consultation and Training: Part 1 of this series explained what FDA considers a “FARM” and the criteria for being considered “covered.”  This article will discuss water, probably the most controversial part of the act.

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Farm Bureau Selects Arizona’s John Boelts for PAL

Posted by Julie Murphree on Wed, Apr 26, 2017@05:00 AM

By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau Communication and Organization Director: John Boelts becomes the latest class member of American Farm Bureau’s ninth Partners in Advocacy Leadership (PAL) class. To date, Arizona has had three former class members: Stefanie Smallhouse, Ana Kennedy Otto and Terisha Driggs McKeigen.

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Social Media Might Help Recover Our Reputation; Silence Has Unintentionally Destroyed It

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

By Amber Morin, Arizona Farm Bureau Field Manager and Southern Arizona rancher with her parents: Growing up, I had some exceptional role models – my parents. One of the best lessons that I learned from them was, “If you keep a good reputation, it will do the bragging for you.” However, after I started working for Farm Bureau, it became apparent that while agriculture was doing an amazing job, our industry still had a very small toehold on the upward climb of having a good reputation with the public.

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Tags: Social Media

Membership Matters: Manufactured Homes, No Assembly Required

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

By Peggy Jo Goodfellow, Arizona Farm BureauMarketing Manager: Long before DIY television shows, there was a trend in housing that influenced the landscape of U.S. cities and suburbs. In 1908, the Sears Modern Homes program was launched with a catalog of 22 home styles as the retailer’s foray into the mail-order-homes business. The program followed a mass-produced, factory-direct business model that kept costs low.

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The Mystery of the One Percent

Posted by Julie Murphree on Thu, Apr 20, 2017@05:00 AM

By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau Communication and Organization Director: Recently, a random statistic was thrown out that claimed Arizona imports 99% of the food that goes to our neighborhood groceries, restaurants and homes. The 1 percent claim of what’s home-grown then served and sold in the state is a powerful statistic to use against our current Arizona food system, if it were true.

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Shouldn’t Ag Water Conservation Be Used For Agriculture?

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

By Paul Brierley, Executive Director, Yuma Center of Excellence for Desert Agriculture: Water is a hot topic in the desert southwest, and agriculture uses a lot of it. Are there ways for agriculture to save water? If so, what should it be used for, and how would agriculture and rural communities be impacted?

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Tags: Arizona agriculture, Arizona water

Meet Arizona Agriculture’s Carl Stevenson

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

By Nancy Brandt, from Arizona Farming and Ranching Hall of Fame Executive Director Carole De Cosmo’s oral history interviews. Additional contributions by Janice Bryson and Julie Murphree: Although Carl Stevenson did not come from a ranching background it didn’t take long for him to develop a passion for working with livestock. Born in 1917 in Hollywood, California, Carl was the son of an attorney who died during the 1918 flu epidemic. His mother never remarried. At different times they lived with each of Carl’s grandparents until Carl’s maternal grandfather, a contractor by trade, built them a house in the San Fernando Valley where Carl grew up.

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Membership Matters:  Which Bug in Arizona gives you the Shivers?

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

By Peggy Jo Goodfellow, Arizona Farm Bureau Marketing Manager: I’ve lived in the desert for over 40 years now so you’d think I’d be used to seeing the common everyday bugs we have in Arizona and for the most part I am. But when I encounter a scorpion anywhere around my home, it sends a shiver up my spine.

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Arizona Agriculture is Primary, Not Secondary

Posted by Julie Murphree on Thu, Apr 13, 2017@05:00 AM

By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau Communication and Organization Director: Last month, the University of Arizona hosted the 2017 Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) Conference, “Irrigated Agriculture in Arizona: A Fresh Perspective.” Vice President and Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Shane Burgess, opened the meeting reminding us that without agriculture you can’t have any other industry.

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The Food Safety Modernization Act: What you need to Know

Posted by Julie Murphree on Tue, Apr 11, 2017@05:00 AM

By Stewart Jacobson, part-time employee of the Arizona Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Consultation and Training: What have you heard of the new food safety law, called the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)? This article will describe the basics of what will be required and of whom.

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Tags: Arizona agriculture, Arizona agriculture food safety, Food Safety