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Any Guesses to the Number One Reason Arizona Farm Bureau Stays so Busy? March 13, 2013

By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau

This year’s Arizona Farm Bureau Legislative Agricultural Festival (Ag Fest) in January at the Arizona Department of Agriculture drew 55 Arizona Legislators. Additionally, 71 Farm Bureau member leaders were on hand to host their state senators and representatives and introduce them to agricultural products,  families and issues from counties throughout Arizona. Special guests including representatives of the various agricultural commodity groups numbered 44 this year.

Arizona Farm Bureau stays busy and lots of that “busy” is legislative related. Arizona Farm Bureau’s Joe Sigg and Ana Kennedy are the front team dealing with legislation that Arizona’s legislative delegation is putting forth: the good the bad and the ugly. They work alongside a host of farmers and ranchers to move the “good” forward and they engage the farm and ranch leadership to smash the “bad” and the “ugly.” The Farm Bureau structure is one of the few remaining organizations that’s truly grassroots. We do what we do because of the direction from our agriculture members. They set our course.

State Seal of Arizona.

State Seal of Arizona. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Without our farm and ranch members within Arizona Farm Bureau, we’d be lost. They drive our policy and they steer the efforts to protect and advance the cause of Arizona Agriculture. Without our farm and ranch leaders, we’re nothing.

So, when Arizona Farm Bureau hosts its annual Ag Fest in January, it’s just the beginning of a series of events to stay engaged with our state’s lawmakers.

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