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Do we have to Talk about Miley Cyrus Anymore? August 30, 2013

By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau Instead, I’d like to talk about our High Schoolers and 20-somethings that are really doing amazing things; making a difference.   For starters … FFA Kids: They may not get the attention Miley Cyrus got this past week, except when thousands of them descend upon the national convention. They’re [...]

Burp: I Ate at Monsanto’s Cafeteria & the Food was Not GMO Free! August 28, 2013

By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau I’m a little bit disappointed. I had high expectations. After all, the GMO-free crowd promised I’d not be eating GMO foods in Monsanto’s cafeteria!   The food was delicious, by the way. If I worked at Monsanto I’d eat there every day when in the office. But alas, their [...]

Ag Industry: 8 reasons Why I Love What I Do! August 26, 2013

By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau Pinch yourself if you love what you do. I do. I pinched myself. Promise. I have several reasons why I love what I do. Part of it involves the industry I work in and for. When you work in an industry as diverse, complex, productive, innovative and more it’s [...]

Roots: Grandpa Ross & His Prince Albert Tobacco August 16, 2013

By Pennee Murphree, Genealogist and former farmer  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 of the [...]

Flodden Field: History’s Tragedies Woven into Family Trees August 14, 2013

By Guest blogger Pennee Murphree, Genealogist and former farmer “Died in the Battle of Flodden Field, Sept 9, 1513,” was a phrase that kept coming up as I was working with my family tree, adding to it, and correcting mistakes, which I do often. So I tracked the date of the Battle of Flodden Fieldand [...]

My Series of Conversations Brings on the Chatter August 12, 2013

By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau This year, I’ve really enjoyed the “Conversations” series I began early in the year for Arizona Farm Bureau’s Arizona Agriculture, our monthly publication for our agriculture members. Every interview brought new insights to the conversation. Here are my favorite quotes from some of the interviews.   Howard Buffett, son [...]

Don’t Be Surprised with Who Enters the Publishing Business August 7, 2013

By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau Amazon’s Jeff Bezos buys the Washington Post; American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) buys Cygnus Business Media’s agricultural events and publications. From here on out, don’t be surprised by who enters the publishing business.   So, maybe it’s not a fair comparison, but when you consider how out-of-the-blue these two [...]

Meet My Favorite Arizona Organic Farmer! August 5, 2013

By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau I met Robert (Bob) McClendon of McClendon’s Select more than 6 years ago when I first came on with Arizona Farm Bureau. I was first struck by his passion for farming and his commitment to his customers whom are mainly the high-end chefs here in Arizona. Members of Arizona [...]

Women in Agriculture: Celebrating their Impact August 2, 2013

Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau   The 2007 Census of Agriculture revealed that women had a growing presence in U.S. agriculture. In some ways, they always did but the Census in 2007 tried to determine the percentage of women actually running the farm or ranch, operating more land or producing greater value of agricultural products [...]