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Lifestyle Tip: Emphasize Essentials, Not Incidentals February 27, 2013

Before modern-day conveniences and our current lifestyles, families only had time to focus on essentials. Gather food and shelter   Relationship with family and friends   Treasure your blessings Understanding the essentials was supremely clear with a farm family scratching out a living on their little plot of land, for example. Sun up to sun [...]

“The Faces of Arizona Agriculture” Series a Hit! February 25, 2013

By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau We’ve recently begun a series called “The Faces of Arizona Agriculture,” featured on Friends of Arizona Farm Bureau Facebook page. It seems to be gaining traction.   Our Arizona Farmers and Ranchers come from all walks of life. The one thing they have in common is agriculture.   They [...]

One Caretaker of the Land Keeps a Vigilant Watch February 22, 2013

By Pennee Murphree, guest Blogger and former cotton, wheat and Alfalfa farmer My husband and I live 20 miles south of Arizona City (look it up on a map). Living so far out, this means that when we make a trip to town up Sunland Gin Road we see a lot of trash that has [...]

Did You Hear! We Won Big in Nashville February 18, 2013

By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau For the first time in Arizona Farm Bureau’s 91-year-old history, the organization brings home the national winner of the Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) Discussion Meet. Arizona’s Dillon Kjerstad handidly won among 38 competitors in Nashville last month. As top winner, Kjerstad gets his choice of either a 2013 [...]

Our Farms Feed Us and Will Continue to Do So February 15, 2013

Third in a three-part series. The other articles are here and here. By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau We need all size farms. Small. Medium. Large. And,we need all types. We need conventional and organic, direct-market (retail) and wholesale. And when it comes to feeding more than 300 million of us 365 days a year [...]

My Top 3 Reasons for Loving Conventional Agriculture February 13, 2013

Second in a Three-part Series. The first article, My Top 3 Reasons for Loving Organic.   By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau I do see lots of Arizona agriculture. And, the biggest chunk of it is conventional. I checked our USDA numbers for Arizona’s cultivated acres and it’s at more than 70,000,000. Of that 70 [...]

My Top 3 Reasons for Loving Organic February 11, 2013

First in a Three-part Series   By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau In my role with Arizona Farm Bureau, I see lots of Arizona agriculture. And, I love it. If you go with me on a road trip, I’ll show you crop agriculture, livestock agriculture, big Ag, small Ag, conventional and organic.   And, I [...]

My Interview with Howard Buffett February 8, 2013

By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau Last month, I sat down with American philanthropist, photographer and farmer Howard Buffett, eldest son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett. Named after his grandfather, Howard grew up in Omaha, Nebraska and has been active in business, politics, agriculture conservation, photography and philanthropy. Without question, billionaire sons might have large [...]

Arizona Dairy Farmers Facing Tough Times Again February 6, 2013

By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau Our lead feature for Arizona Farm Bureau’s Arizona Agriculture covers the dairy industry. We interviewed Paul Rovey, owner of Rovey Dairy, chair of Dairy Management, Inc. and President of United Dairymen of Arizona (UDA). The article highlights some of the specific challenges including the impact of the Farm Bill [...]

Arizona Farm Bureau is Plugged in & Turned on! February 4, 2013

By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau We just completed the re-launch of Arizona Farm Bureau’s main website: www.azfb.org. Of course, the updates website has more bells and whistles and is supposed to provide a more robust interface for users. So hang out with us online. But, we’ve also got a few more website. If you’re [...]

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