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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 [...]

U of A and Arizona Farm Bureau on the Same Page March 22, 2013

By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau   In February I was on a panel with Dr. Shane Burgess, dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the University of Arizona. Dr. Jeffrey C. Silvertooth, associate dean of Education for Economic Development and Extension in the University of Arizona’s College of Ag and Life Science, [...]

My Interview with Howard Buffett February 8, 2013

By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau Last month, I sat down with American philanthropist, photographer and farmer Howard Buffett, eldest son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett. Named after his grandfather, Howard grew up in Omaha, Nebraska and has been active in business, politics, agriculture conservation, photography and philanthropy. Without question, billionaire sons might have large [...]

Arizona’s Beef Market: It’s Bold! September 10, 2012

By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau Every September for the past several years I’ve asked the Arizona Cattle Growers and the Arizona Beef Council to give us a market update on one of our state’s largest agriculture commodities: Beef. This year the word is bold! If you read the article, Arizona Farming and Ranching: Bold [...]

My Direct-Market Farmers: Use Customer Feedback to Help Shape Your Business September 5, 2012

By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau Most business professionals in the retail business will quickly identify with how readily customers tell you what you’re doing wrong. “Customers are quick to inform you what you’re not doing right,” says Joe Johnston, owner of Agritopia, a multi-use development designed to merge a developed community around an urban [...]

Consumer Trends help us Navigate the Future of our Business March 30, 2012

By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau Often, what drives consumers drives business strategies. True, as cotton farmers we can feel pretty confident that today’s consumer will keep wearing clothes (we hope) and our fine cotton fabrics for home décor will always have continued market presence. However, none of us will forget that crazy, what-were-we-thinking period [...]

The Arizona Dairy Industry On Top of the Leader Board! February 17, 2012

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in the February 2012 issue of Arizona Agriculture and is reprinted here for our extended farming, dairy and ranching audiences. By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau Last fall, USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service came out with its 2010 Arizona Agricultural Statistics. Full of a wealth of statistical information on [...]

Arizona Beef Industry Survives Challenges While Markets and Beef Prices Improve September 6, 2011

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in the September 2011 issue of Arizona Agriculture, Arizona’s largest agriculture publication. Moving from gate to plate with the smallest national cow herd since the 1950s, cattle farmers and ranchers have made great strides in efficiency and sustainability. By Patrick Bray, Executive Director of Arizona Cattle Growers’ Association and [...]

Is this a Deal Made in Heaven, Or Hell? July 12, 2011

  By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau The United Egg Producers and the Humane Society of the United States last Thursday announced an agreement had been reached between the two organizations to jointly petition the federal government to enact new welfare standards. The proposed federal legislation will call for new “enriched cage” standards to be [...]

Pending Trade Agreements Could Bring Millions of Dollars to Arizona June 22, 2011

Study conducted for Arizona Farm Bureau also indicates improved job creation if Korea, Colombia and Panama Free Trade Agreements are passed by Congress By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau All of Arizona has a huge stake in global trade and the current free trade agreements (FTAs) with Korea, Colombia and Panama that are pending before [...]

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