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Got “Chocolate” Milk? April 29, 2013

By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau Recently, I sat down to breakfast with my good friends the O’Ds (O’Donnell). Scoping out the scene alternating between menu choices and people seated around the restaurant, I noticed a young couple close by. The girl was leaning (heavily leaning) against the guy prompting me to think okay no [...]

Grandpa Ross And His Prince Albert Tobacco April 26, 2013

By Pennee Murphree, Guest Blogger for Julie’s Fresh Air I remember my great grandfather, Melvin Ross, so well because he lived with my mom’s folks and so did my parents and I for awhile. Grandpa Ross had his own room which had been built for him by my grandparents, Galen and Alma Ross Ward, off [...]

Oil Boom 2.0 is Here. But Do Our Political Leaders Get it? April 24, 2013

By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau The cover story for the April 2013 issue of Arizona Agriculture is about oil and natural gas and what it means to agriculture. I interviewed Chief Economist for American Petroleum Institute (API), John Felmy, Ph.D. He happened to be in Phoenix for a conference and so we scheduled an [...]

A Farm Mom’s Remembrance of Earth Day April 22, 2013

By Pennee Murphree, Guest Blogger to Julie’s Fresh Air Editor’s Note: Since today is Earth Day, this remembrance of Mom’s On the Farm is a good celebration of this day. I’ve been reading about “Earth Day” all week. Everyday is “Earth Day” on the farm. We had a particularly fun “Earth Day” one summer quite [...]

A Child Shall Lead Them … Even in Line at the Post Office! April 19, 2013

By guest blogger Curt Murphree, Mortgage Banker with PrimeLending, A PlainsCapital Company  On Monday I was standing in a long line at the post office when a postal worker walked up to an 80-year-old woman and politely said, “I’m sorry but you can’t have your poodle in here, you will have to leave.” The woman [...]

From Lab to Land: Making Knowledge Transfer Work

By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau Can’t help but regularly refer to my interview with Howard Buffett, Billionaire invester Warren Buffett’s son. Hey, it’s probably the biggest public figure interview this reporter has ever done. Hope it’s not the last. In the original Q&A story I did not include everything Mr. Buffett and I talked [...]

The List: Favorite Morning “Reads” While Eating Breakfast April 17, 2013

By Julie Murphree, Julie’s Fresh Air and Arizona Farm Bureau So, speaking of my reading material and where I cruise to in order to check out the latest news, I have a list I run down either on my iPad or desktop computer before I ever make it into work. Here is my list of [...]

The Lord Has Not Given Us a Spirit of Fear … of GMOs April 15, 2013

By Julie Murphree, Julie’s Fresh Air   First, Note of Full Disclosure: This editorial has a faith-based slant. So if you’re not Protestant, Catholic or any other religious affiliation, you can skip this Monday blog post and wait for Julie’s Fresh Air Wednesday installment. Additionally, my family farmed genetically modified cotton in Arizona (retired 2005) [...]

Tucson’s U of A Sees Growth in Demand, Opportunities for Ag Grads April 10, 2013

By Guest Blogger Gabrielle Fimbres, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Arizona It’s a worry for many parents of college students – will there be jobs waiting for their daughter or son after graduation?   With growing demand for jobs in agriculture, degrees are at a premium.   At the University of Arizona’s [...]

How Many Countries Regularly Produce more Food than they Consume? April 8, 2013

By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau Editor’s note: I originally wrote this editorial in 2009. I republish it here with updates.   Trivia Question: Globally, how many countries regularly produce more food than they consume? You know at least one: The United States. Of the 194 countries in the world (U.S. Dept. of State’s number), [...]

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