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Arizona Ranchers: Do You Know How to Reach the Next Generation of Beef Eaters? September 16, 2013

Editor’s Note: This article is provided courtesy of Chef Zino and the Beef Checkoff, the marketing and research arm of the beef industry. By guest blogger Dave Zino, Executive Chef for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Imagine a group of Americans who grew up on chicken nuggets and eat more chicken than beef. They have [...]

The Arizona Beef Industry: Focused on Sustainability and Profitability September 13, 2013

By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau   This month’s issue of Arizona Agriculture features a lead story from Patrick Bray and Lauren Scheller, with Arizona Cattle Growers and Arizona Beef Council. The focus of course is the beef industry. Their article on “Steaks and Sustainability” is a good read; but if you don’t get a [...]

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 [...]

GMO Wheat: How Odd That Stray Wheat Gene Seems June 7, 2013

By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau When I study the details of the GMO wheat in Oregon, I scratch my head (yes, I know, the science mind doesn’t take over quickly for me). The news broke in expected fear mongering fashion as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported the detection of Roundup Ready® wheat [...]

Did You Know: Arizona Farm Bureau Has Policy Supporting Retail Agriculture June 3, 2013

By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau Periodically, I’d like to discuss some of Arizona Farm Bureau’s agriculture policy. This policy, updated regularly and contained in a policy book you can find online, is developed, voted on and supported by Arizona Farm Bureau’s agriculture members.   One of the first policies I’d like to discuss is [...]

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 [...]

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