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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. [...]

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! [...]

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 [...]

My Top 10 Benefits to Engaging Arizona Families in Farm & Ranch Conversations May 10, 2013

By Juie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau By now you know that my favorite thing to talk about is Arizona agriculture. In fact, if I can visit with someone about anything related to farming and ranching I’m a happy camper. It’s not just about the talking though, it’s also about the listening. I love to hear [...]

10 Simple Strategies to Avoid “GMO Foods” May 8, 2013

By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau While I’m completely at peace with “GMO foods” (genetically modified organisms), you may not be. So, I’m going to give you 10 simple strategies for avoiding GMO foods, what I prefer to call biotech foods.   Actually, it’s easier than you might think. In fact, if you can’t remember [...]

5 Reasons Why You’re Not Being Heard! May 6, 2013

By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau The deeper we get into this thing called “Ag”vocacy, the more we discover there’s so much more to uncover; certainly to learn. And, yes, we know it’s not just about talking but more about listening. As I advocate more for agriculture and specifically Arizona agriculture, there exists for me the [...]

Into the Belly of the Beast: My Visit to Monsanto May 1, 2013

By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau Though it shouldn’t, this editorial feels like “True confessions.” Yes, I did it … I went into the “Belly of the Beast” (as some think) … I went to Monsanto last week, headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri.   Why I showed up at the Monsanto front door might be [...]

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 [...]

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