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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 [...]

I will Always Remember … September 11, 2013

I’m always moved by the Star Spangled Banner, inspired by the heroism of our U.S. veterans, and celebrate our American freedom and prosperity, and how historically exceptional as a people we are. And, 12 years after the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, the images of destruction and human suffering on that [...]

No Waiting in Line for the Most Famous One the World Knows September 9, 2013

By Julie Murphree, Julie’s Fresh Air We spend too much time waiting in line for the world’s famous. How long did British locals wait to to see the royal baby? In fact, it can feel as if all our lives we spend valuable time waiting on important and famous people to meet with us (not [...]

Praying with Confidence Even When You’re Just “One” September 6, 2013

  By Julie Murphree, Julie’s Fresh Air One-time U.S. Senate Chaplain Edward Everett Hale once prayed, “I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And what I can do I ought to do. And what I ought to do, by the grace of God I [...]

Today is the Tomorrow You Worried About September 4, 2013

By Julie Murphree, Julie’s Fresh Air “Today is the tomorrow you worried about,” is attributed to Dale Carnegie. It’s a truth that we might frequently have to cite to remind ourselves that worry brings us no closer to resolving our challenges. Along the lines of worry, the Bible says it the best (Matthew 6:25-34): “Therefore I [...]

Arizona’s Farmers and Ranchers Always Making a Difference September 2, 2013

America’s Farmers Grows Communities launches fourth year   By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau In its first year (2010), America’s Farmers Grows Communities didn’t have a winner from Arizona. But every year since then, Arizona’s farmers have submitted nominations and won support for their favorite organizations.  As an example, hay farmer Steven Bales, Jr. from [...]

Do we have to Talk about Miley Cyrus Anymore? August 30, 2013

By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau Instead, I’d like to talk about our High Schoolers and 20-somethings that are really doing amazing things; making a difference.   For starters … FFA Kids: They may not get the attention Miley Cyrus got this past week, except when thousands of them descend upon the national convention. They’re [...]

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 [...]

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