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Mandatory GMO Labeling Coming to a State Near You? May 31, 2013

By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau While California tried last year, no state has yet to enact a mandatory GMO labeling law. But Arizona recently had someone file with the Secretary of State’s office to form a political committee. And the media is already all over this topic. Howard Fischer with Capitol Media Services did [...]

My Planned Summer Reading List May 29, 2013

By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau and Julie’s Fresh Air It’s summer, we need a reading list! Here’s mine. (Hoping I can be reading all these books on a sandy beach somewhere.) 1. America’s Obsessives: The Compulsive Energy that Built Nation. Because Bloomberg recommends it and it sounds like a facinating read, I plan to [...]

Immigration Reform: For the Moment we Have a Bill May 27, 2013

By Joe Sigg, Arizona Farm Bureau   Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in the May 2013 issue of Arizona Agriculture. The results were still being tabulated from last November’s elections, while pundits and advocates on both sides of the political spectrum were advancing the discussion of “comprehensive” immigration reform. Until the election, the focus [...]

Defining & Understanding Biotechnology: Wrapping Our Heads Around the Science May 24, 2013

By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau Still trying to get our arms around this thing called biotech? Biotechnology is big in agriculture. If it’s big in agriculture and other industries that impact us daily then it goes without saying that we should understand it better. So here’s my attempt. By default, we “Google” things first. [...]

It’s Taxing Trying to Appropriately Tax the Modern-Day Marketplace May 22, 2013

By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau Farm Bureau’s Ana Kennedy tackled a taxing issue recently: Fairness & Simplification in the Marketplace can be a Taxing Issue. The controvery is brewing on how to tax the Internet. Personally, I don’t think we should, especially since the burden of a business having to assess taxes based on [...]

10 Immutable Laws on How to Survive a Crisis May 20, 2013

By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau Sunset Nursery, Inc. is a fourth-generation, family owned and operated wholesale citrus nursery in Yuma, Arizona. The business started in 1952 and has been worked by each proceeding generation, growing to be the largest wholesale citrus nursery in Arizona. As is common with farming families, the Loghry family has [...]

Latest “Conversation” Series in Arizona Agriculture is with a Visionary May 17, 2013

By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau My “Conversation” articles keep rolling forward. My May article on this topic is with Jeff Martin, CEO of Yulex Corporation, the first commercial enterprise to produce biobased, medical-grade latex that is safe for people with latex allergies. Can I just say, we’re doing some pretty exciting things in Arizona! [...]

Lifestyle Tip: Play to Your Strength May 15, 2013

By Julie Murphree, Julie’s Fresh Air and Arizona Farm Bureau Have you ever done anything that you quickly discovered you were not gifted to do? I am not good with directions. In fact, I’m directionally challenged. If you want me to read a map while on a trip heading somewhere we’ve never been before, you [...]

Getting to Know Monsanto’s People: Aster Beyene, Ph.D. May 14, 2013

By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau If you track my blog, you know that I recently visited Monsanto. Part of my visit involved my intent to understand Monsanto’s People. So, let’s meet scientist Aster Beyene, Ph.D., from Ethiopia. But before I tell her “dreams-for-my-future” story, let me tell you mine. When I graduated from Arizona [...]

The Data is Out: You and I are Still Not Eating Enough Vegetables! May 13, 2013

By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau Eat more vegetables. In fact, eat more vegetables, fruits and whole grains! The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Economic Research Service (ERS) pored over the data and found we’re still eating too many refined grains, fats and sugar. Bummer.   ERS published an update comparing consumers’ at-home food purchases [...]

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