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Devastating Floods Temper Spring Optimism May 18, 2011

  Guest Editorial By John Hart, American Farm Bureau Federation Nothing enlivens a farmer’s spirit of optimism and hope for the harvest to come than spring planting. After winter months spent in planning and looking at market signals to determine what to plant, the miracle truly begins when the farmer puts seed to soil in [...]

Mortimer Family Farms Establishes Roots on the Site Formerly Known as Young’s Farm May 16, 2011

Farm family draws on tradition to launch the rebirth of a Landmark By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau The Mortimer family of Mortimer Family Farms launched farming operations on what many consider legendary soil in northern Arizona. Young’s Farm, long known in Arizona for its fresh sweet corn in the summer and pumpkins in the [...]

Pending Trade Agreements Could Bring Millions of Dollars to Arizona’s Economy May 12, 2011

Study Conducted for Arizona Farm Bureau also indicates improved job creation if Korean, Colombia and Panama Free Trade Agreements are passed by Congress By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau Arizona farmers and ranchers and all of Arizona have a huge stake in global trade and the current free trade agreements (FTAs) with Korea, Colombia and [...]

Trade Matters to Our Economy May 5, 2011

Guest Editorial   By Lynne Finnerty, American Farm Bureau Federation A way to create more jobs—by finalizing three pending trade agreements—has been handed to the administration and Congress on a proverbial silver platter. Whether they act on the opportunity should play a role in whether voters support incumbents in the 2012 elections. Most economists agree [...]

And a Child Shall Lead Them … Or, at Least Make them Laugh!

Funny story Julie…. Mark and Hayden (my 12 year old daughter) are back in Washington DC doing a little lobbying for Family Farm Alliance. They have been in constant meetings with congressman, lobbyists etc… This morning (May 5, 2011) they just left a meeting with Secretary of  Department of Ag and a group of other high powered individuals. [...]

Produce Farmers, Food Safety Begins with You! May 2, 2011

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in the May 2011 issue of Arizona Agriculture, Arizona’s largest agriculture publication. ADA rolls out voluntary training program focused on building an understanding of good agricultural practices. By Brett Cameron, Arizona Department of Agriculture The Arizona Department of Agriculture’s (ADA) Agricultural Consultation and Training Program and the University of [...]

The Easter Bunny Thanks Big Ag! April 26, 2011

By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau During the recent Easter week festivities, Hickman Family Farms, Arizona’s only commercial egg producer, gave away well over one million eggs to various food banks throughout the west including Hawaii. Such a commitment to their local communities tugs at the heart. Egg protein is one of the most affordable [...]

There is no Mother Earth; Just God’s Earth April 22, 2011

There is no mother earth; just God’s earth. “In the beginning God created the Heavens and the earth.” Gen 1:1 On this day when Earth Day falls on Good Friday, I celebrate that, “In the beginning was the Word (Jesus) and the word was with God and the Word was God. He, Jesus, was in [...]

Oil Prices Affecting Retail Food Prices; We Could Have Told You That! April 14, 2011

By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau  As members of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization meet in Rome this week to address food security issues various voices are bringing up the oil issue. And, according to a Brownfield article, “the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA) is urging members to address the real culprit in [...]

On the Farm: My Love Affair with Words April 9, 2011

By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau Ever since I can remember, I’ve loved words. I love to write! My parents patiently sat through my recitations of my carefully penned poems; a pained grin on their faces (… so, I started slow). Poems like, “Why I Love my Mother” or “Why I Love my Father” I [...]

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