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MARCH, 2013

Volume 66

No. 3

Official Publication of the Arizona Farm Bureau

A Conversation with a Humanitarian: Howard Buffett A farmer first, this son of a billionaire is spearheading extensive research that will have global reach on his farm in Willcox. By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau


n January, I sat down with American philanthropist and Midwestern farmer Howard A member of Arizona Farm Bureau under Sequoia Holdings, LLC (the Willcox Buffett, eldest son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett. Named after his grandfafarm), Buffett farms 1,500 acres in Illinois. His son, Howard W., farms 400 acres in Nether, Howard grew up in Omaha, Nebraska and has been active in business, politics, braska. These represent their personal farms. Designed and developed for agricultureagriculture conservation, photography and philanthropy. Without question, billionaire based research, the Howard G. Buffett Foundation farms include 9,200 acres in South sons might have mammoth expectations placed on them, and certainly reading his bio Africa; 3,000 acres also in Illinois and then 1,400 acres in Willcox. can make one get “credentials fatigue.” Buffett is an advocate of no-till conserAnd you always wonder, how grounded vation agriculture and believes we should be can one be growing up in the rarified world of able to do it just about anywhere. And while not just a success story, but an exceptional one? he acknowledges that about one third of U.S. Well, I can answer that. Howard Buffett is solfarming employs no-till, he’s amazed how little idly grounded and certainly focused on his pasno-till is done in the Willcox valley. “I guaransion, farming. tee you, you can do it,” he says. “We did it last I even discovered a man with an offer to year. We may learn some things that we need to Arizona farmers: Present the right experimenadjust. Pinto beans, for example, are more diftal idea with broad benefits and the Howard G. ficult to no-till. We no-tilled them into alfalfa Buffett Foundation will consider supplying the this year to see what kind of disaster we would resources. “About a year ago, one of the local have and we had a bit of a disaster but we’re guys said, ‘a lot of people have come and gone trying to learn.” from Willcox. There’s an old saying… when in As president of the Howard G. Buffet Rome do as the Romans do,’” explains Buffett. Foundation that gives away tens of millions of “Then I said, ‘yeah, well, okay I’m getting it.’ dollars annually, Buffett has traveled all over In other words, when in Willcox do as the Willthe world to document the challenges of precoxians do. Look, we’re going to do all sorts of serving biodiversity, yet providing adequate things here in Willcox that people will think is resources to combat hunger and poverty. The Howard G. Buffett likes big equipment. On his Willcox farm, along with the unicrazy. Foundation’s projects cover agriculture, nutriversities, he’ll be testing the latest GPS-guided equipment to determine what “Here’s the thing: If any farmer wants to works and what doesn’t as American agriculture continues to make advances. tion, water and conservation especially in Aftry something here but they can’t because of the rica and Central America. One of the Foundaeconomics of it, tell us and we’ll try it. We don’t know how to grow cotton; we don’t tion’s more recent projects was to launch the Global Water Initiative with several other have the equipment to do cotton. But if there is something you want to do with cotton; organizations to address the declining fresh water supply and provide clean water to we’ll get somebody who has the equipment and we’ll use our land; we’ll put our effort the world’s poorest people. At its core, Buffett is trying to help small farmers increase into it.” See BUFFETT Page 4

2013 Ag Fest: The Great Arizona Meet Up! By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau


his 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. But Ag Fest is only the beginning. Arizona Farm Bureau member leadership encourages ongoing contact with your state representatives. Connect with Your Legislators throughout the Coming Year In the midst of a busy season and before time runs out, Arizona Farm Bureau encourages members to participate in the process by connecting with Arizona’s legislative leaders. The finer points to consider in the 2013 legislative session follow. Use these topic points to help you dialogue with your state senators and representatives when you connect. When specific bills are up for hearing or vote, we will alert you through the regular LegisLetter, so you can follow through with your contacts. Legislators value a call from their constituents; who better to talk to than you? Land Issues: We support greater input from landowners and lessees (more state involvement) on BLM and Forest Service lands.

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Jobs and Freedom: The criteria for legislation should be: jobs and freedom. We will let you know if any proposals interfere with our ability to do business or allow our markets to operate. To our legislative leaders: Please ask yourselves for whatever bills you pass, does this add anynew regulatory or government burden?

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Fix Our Forests: We need to continue the pressure on healthy forest initiatives and create state reform of endangered species. Our Agricultural Water Rights: Protecting agricultural water rights is always a priority.

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armers and ranchers need a reliable workforce to produce food for America, and accept that most of the workers we need come from other nations. It has been a long time coming, but U.S. lawmakers are increasingly recognizing this as well. It is important that this understanding extend to the fact that agriculture cannot access a sustainable labor supply without reform of the current visa system for non-native workers. Because the political dynamics have changed, it seems likely that immigration reform can be debated in the future in an atmosphere of lowered emotional rhetoric. This should allow for more thoughtful consideration of the positive economic benefits of ag labor reform, which are considerable. Chief among them is that rural areas thrive with a reliable workforce for agriculture. Securing a labor supply to sustain agricultural production into the future, hand-in-hand with border security and interior enforcement, has been a key focus for Farm Bureau. One reason I am optimistic about the recent change in tone is that a lot of rhetoric over the past few years focused on certain classes of people, which was just not right. That too, is changing. A few years ago when Arizona was proposing harsh anti-immigrant legislation, I often reminded neighbors, “These are our employees we are talking about.” Following passage of some of these measures in Arizona, we saw an exodus of people, mostly families. Perhaps the employee was legally in this country, but he or she was protecting other family members. Most of these employees were long tenured and much-valued. They disappeared to face an uncertain future. Leaving did not solve any problems; it just displaced them to the detriment of their family, the employer and the community. One Farm Bureau member had a long-time manager approach him with the news that he had been living under a false name for years. He was a responsible and key employee, much-involved in the local community. He and his family simply disappeared. Unfortunately, these are neither isolated nor unique circumstances. To stabilize and sustain agriculture’s workforce, we must find labor solutions for those that are already here in the U.S. and those who need to come here to work. Farm Bureau continues to work to advance realistic labor and immigration reforms supported by united agricultural groups and interests. Put simply, we need reform that works for all of agriculture. And we need it now! As negotiations proceed with Congress and interest groups my hope is that our goals will be compatible, allowing for a resolution that works for our industry without reverting back to a non-productive tone.

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s an amateur golfer, I learned a valuable lesson one day on a tee box in Las Vegas that I will never forget because of its many applications in my professional and personal life, specifically as it relates to shop welding safety. My friend was and may still be one of the best amateurs in the state of Nevada. I invited him to be very candid with me whenever he saw coaching opportunities. After all, what golfer doesn’t appreciate a free lesson? As I set up to hit the ball on the 5th hole, he asked me to freeze before I took an aggressive swing. He noticed that I had not been setting up correctly. He adjusted my stance and focus and then before he let me swing away, he dropped this pearl. “Any amateur can set up exactly like one of the top pros in the world. It is their failure to do so that generally sends their balls into the trees and traps.” Set up skills for golf are broken down into stance, tool and target and are perfect steps to apply to welding safety. Is the ball positioned properly between my feet for the chosen iron or club (stance)? Have I chosen the right club (tool)? Have I identified a specific target and calculated my approach or Core to ensuring welding safety is set am I simply swinging in the general direction of the pin (target)? What does up prior to even beginning to weld. If you take the time to prepare for the any of this have to do with welding? job at hand you’ll prevent unwanted Safety Equipment (STANCE) – Always wear welding gloves, long sleeves accidents. and most importantly a welding hood to protect your eyes and head. Check your lead for cuts and kinks and make sure you are welding in a safe environment. TIG/MIG or ARC (TOOL) – Most set-up mistakes are made right here. If you don’t have the right tool for the job, your success is greatly limited. See SET-UP Page 7


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yields without increasing costs for the world’s poorest people. His camera lens has brought him up close and personal to devastating poverty. About his photographs of suffering children, he’s been quoted saying, “It becomes a set of circumstances; not just an image.” On his agriculture perspective, one might conclude that Buffett doesn’t feel American farmers are moving fast enough with their conservation practices. But, he does agree that American farmers are the most productive and efficient at what they do. Arizona Agriculture: Why Arizona; Why Willcox? Buffett: Every year for about 10 years we came to Arizona and spent time with the Border Patrol to work on immigration issues. I got familiar with Arizona that way.

howard buffett proved to be one of Julie’s most interesting interviews ever. One has a sense that mr. buffett’s work is never done and that his “to do” list just keeps getting longer and longer.

In the meantime, the 9,200-acre farm in South Africa that we’ve had for a long time is where we do a lot of research. We did some regular farming to get an idea of what costs were. After 15 years, we decided there are things we could do easier and more cost effectively here than over there. We looked for an area we could have drought and heat stress; primarily drought stress. We have water so we could have our benchmark fields against drought tolerance. We’ve set up test plots designed to mimic small production in Africa and we’re working with a large agriculture manufacturer and seed company to put together a conservation agriculture system. We develop and test everything here and then we’ll migrate it to the other countries. Ultimately, that’s what drove us back here. Where could we find an area in the U.S. that would mimic some of what we want but would be so much easier to do? Flying to South Africa takes a while. This one [Willcox Farm] will actually be a hybrid. Besides mimicking small farms in Africa for that reason, we will have all of the precision testing equipment for Purdue and Penn State and we think Texas A&M will eventually be down here too. We’ll have precision planters, precision combines, everything. We’re setting up an 80-acre drip field too. Plus, we’re doing a little bit of our own stuff; water tests on 10 acres. Some larger research will be alley cropping with corn and beans which will take a whole pivot. We’re looking at yield differences. The truth is eventually we’ll need more ground out here. We’re just getting started. We’re building a 60x90-foot lab. The lab will do tissue sampling, root sampling, plant sampling, and all sorts of microscope stuff that I don’t even know how to describe. That’s primarily Penn State and Purdue. We do hope to connect efforts with the University of Arizona and Arizona State University, eventually. We actually know good people at ASU that we’ve had a long relationship with. We’ve worked a lot with ASU on immigration issues. Arizona Agriculture: What’s your philosophy behind all the research you’re doing? Buffett: I had two experiences that really irritated me. The first one, I was in Mozambique, probably 10 years ago. I was at the research center talking to the person in charge. Of course, they call corn “maize” over there. He said the maize yields were over 6 tons to the hectare. I said, “Well, what’s the average for the country, you know for the normal farmer?” “Less than a ton a hectare,” he explained. It drives me nuts the amount of money that is spent on research that never transfers to farmers. We have the problem here too in the United States. It’s a big issue. We farm; we should be paying more attention to this and figuring out how to transfer knowledge. Or, do we need to do some things differently in the research so that what we study transfers to real agriculture production. On another occasion, I was sitting at the state department talking to a USAID [United States Agency for International Development] person about 5 years ago. We started discussing what would work in South Africa. He suggested synthetic fertilizers and seed, that’s all we need. This was said with no knowledge of how important soil was and no knowledge of the degradation that’s already taken place in other countries and how you build that back up. He asked me what kind of data I had to support my claim. At the time, I thought well, I can look some stuff up but it was kind of irritating to me that a guy that’s never farmed in his life was telling me how to do it. Even the best stuff does not work the way you want it to. So, in the last five years we’ve been doing three or four things in South Africa, Illinois and Arizona looking at different ways of documenting the impact of synthetic fertilizer versus cover crops, versus yields and so forth. So that when people talk to us we can say, yes, we have data and this is how we got it and what we did to get it. In some circumstances it might be for small farmers in South Africa or Central America; in other circumstances it’s for large farmers in the United States. We do a lot of no-till, strip till, nutrient management, and cover crop work. Arizona Agriculture: What was your inspiration to farm and ultimately do so much ag-related work with poor countries? Buffett: My mom always told me I didn’t have enough Tonka toys when I was little. I just like playing in the dirt. That’s how I got started.

I like doing stuff that’s physical, the environment and I love equipment. The big epiphany, the real passion, came through with my photography when I found myself photographing children that were suffering so much. I photographed children that have died of malnutrition within two or three days after being photographed. Those were difficult photographs. What really changed things for me was when I had the opportunity to establish the Foundation at a different level with more resources that included a staff and partners and things we couldn’t do individually. That’s what drove what we’re doing today. We do realize that there is a lot to learn. We’ve brought a lot of people to our farm in Illinois, put them on the combine, talked to them and walked about. They’ve discovered what it takes to do things and also come away understanding why certain things won’t work in South Africa. The farms are the best education tools we’ve got! Arizona Agriculture: You point out obvious hunger in other countries. It’s a bit more hidden in the United States. What’s drawing you to help here in America? Buffett: It was not a conscious decision. Two things happened simultaneously. One, we’ve been working on agriculture productivity for small farmers all over the world, especially Africa and Latin America; at the same time it leads you to deal with hunger issues. What first got me thinking of hunger in the United States were farmers. We can improve productivity for all these small farmers in other countries but we’re still going to need a really productive United States to meet all the global food security needs of the future. This led me to start thinking about who can we partner with; Feeding America came along. [ is the nation’s largest charity focused on hunger relief at home. Farm Bureaus across the country this last year raised just under one million dollars through their “Harvest for All” program in partnership with Feeding America.] I started learning a lot more about food insecurity in America at the same time I was learning a lot more about agriculture in America and really shifted my thinking on both issues. What we want to do in America is use our resources in such a way that we’re not duplicating efforts. So, for example we have the Map the Meal Gap, used to show what hunger looks like in the U.S. Plus, the Invest an Acre program enlists U.S. farmers to donate the proceeds from one or more acres to feed needy people in their own communities. You’ll find hungry Americans not because there aren’t enough farmers or food, but because they don’t have access to the food or they simply can’t afford it. Outside of the United States, it’s different. Other countries are not growing enough food for their own people. Arizona Agriculture: Does America retain that lead position in trying to feed the world and do we bring other countries up to take a lead position? Buffett: I think the U.S. will remain overall number one for many years because we have a lot of advantages that we’ve developed over a couple of hundred years from research to infrastructure to technology. Arizona Agriculture: What can we be doing better? What should we be doing? Buffett: Water management. The Foundation is looking at our three major U.S. water sources for agriculture: The Colorado River, Ogallala Aquifer and Mississippi River. [The Ogallala Aquifer is part of the High Plains Aquifer System, a vast yet shallow underground water table located beneath the Great Plains in the United States. One of the world’s largest aquifers, it covers an area of approximately 174,000 square miles in portions of the eight states of South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas.] The first two are about water management and conservation and the third one is about runoff and pollution. We’re focused on how to look at these three watersheds from an agricultural perspective, not from the EPA, USDA, not from the regulatory side, but how do we do a better job and maintain our flexibility as a farmer and our productivity. Continued on Page 6






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Interestingly, the Colorado is the one with the biggest wins if you implement improved conservation strategies. We have the greatest potential for maximum use with the Colorado River. Arizona Agriculture: Are we going to feed ourselves globally by 2050? What’s your confidence level? Buffett: Not real high. I mean there’s a difference in feeding yourself with a minimum caloric intake of 2,000 calories a day and feeding ourselves the way we’re used to eating in this country. I think if we take care of our soil and water resources, we’ll be able to feed ourselves in this country in 2050. I’m not too worried about that but it does require a lot smarter use of resources. When you look at where the population growth is, it’s not in this country. And you look at scarcity of water that’s going to be there and you look at the abuse of soils that has taken place globally there’s going to be lots of wars fought over water and food in 2050. I say wars, I say conflicts; there will be regional conflicts. Arizona Agriculture: Is that part of what drives you? Buffett: Well, I don’t think we’re going to change the world. But, a huge part of that is education and in a country like this we’ve had success. In contrast, the people of Eastern Congo, where we’ve done a lot of work, are not worried about water resources or their soil. They’re worried about whether they’re going to eat this week. Dennis Avery from the Hudson Institute in 1992 said, “No one will starve to save a tree.” At the time, we were doing a lot of work in conservation and it didn’t quite soak in. So, when I started going around looking at our conservation programs especially in Africa I’d say, can I go and talk to those guys in the village next door. When you do that you find out there’s lots of conflict with Cheetah management or land management. All of a sudden it was a whole different world. I started realizing, you’re right, no one is going to starve to death to save a tree. People have to eat first; then they can manage their resources to continue supporting their family. That was a big shift for us to start looking at things differently. On a global basis, there’s going to be a serious challenge with food and water by 2050. Arizona Agriculture: A disconnect exists with the urban foodie often insisting on exclusive urban/local farming to the exclusion of large production agriculture. As key influencers does this put agriculture at risk? Buffett: It’s a big problem; a huge problem. They don’t connect well at all. I’m going to start to answer that question with something that’s very close to Arizona. Outside the agriculture community, this country has zero understanding of the importance of migrant labor. You can talk to guys in Yuma, Arizona that have moved their operation across the border to Mexico because they can’t get labor. This is going to become a big factor for agriculture if we don’t get it right. Without migrant labor you’re going to have very expensive lettuce, strawberries and everything else. And you’re going to have an availability problem ultimately including safety issues. People need a basic understanding of how they get their food. That can be production out of Yuma or Fresno or elsewhere. Foodies don’t get that. They’re so far removed from [agriculture] and it’s so easy for them and it’s so inexpensive and it’s so safe. So,

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all those things make it really easy to not worry about your food. The truth is, organic food, grown organically the way a lot of people want to grow it can be as unsafe as any production system. A lot of biologists, farmers and scientists understand that but most people don’t. People have a huge misunderstanding of what it takes to feed a country. If you have an e-Coli outbreak in this country and three people die, it’s the biggest news story you’ve ever heard. If you have 28 people die in France from bacteria from an organic farm you don’t read about it. It’s great when you have a First Lady that wants to talk about gardens. Her focus helps people eat healthy; it helps people understand what it takes to grow food. The problem is when she, or anyone else, doesn’t understand agriculture as a whole industry. She projects the idea that your backyard garden is the solution. But it’s not the solution. We can’t feed seven billion people today with the production we have and you’re not going to do that through gardens and urban farms. During a meeting with urban foodies, sitting there and listening to a crowd of 40 or 50 people talk I asked, “Who’s the farmer?” Nobody raised their hand. The group needed someone there that understood the effort from the production standpoint. Postscript After the interview, I concluded Buffett has an endless list of things to do. He’s certainly on task. But it’s more than that. It even feels as if he’s running out of time. Not because he’s older, but the planet is desperate; desperate for answers about food and resource management. A lot goes through your mind when you meet someone like Howard Buffett. You’re not surprised that he’s living a fascinating life; nor are you surprised that he’s got expansive plans for his farming and research. I must confess for me, though, one well-known phrase kept cycling through the gray matter between my ears: “To whom much is given much is expected.” More specifically, Luke 12:48 says, “.... From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” Much has been given, demanded and asked of Howard G. Buffett. And, yes, he is giving much; holding firm to the expectation.

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Find your Leadership Style at this Year’s Leadership Conference By Peggy Jo Goodfellow, Arizona Farm Bureau


ark your calendar for the 17th annual Women in Agriculture Conference to be held at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in Gilbert on June 6-7. The Conference is hosted by the Arizona Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee, the University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Arizona Cattlewomen, Arizona Beef Council, Arizona Milk Producers and the Arizona Department of Ag. This annual conference is open to anyone, male or female, interested in improving leadership, professional and personal skills The conference theme is Leaders: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. Cheryl Goar, Executive Director of the Arizona Nursery Association and President of Project CENTRL board, will open the conference on Thursday, June 6 with “True Colors,” an interactive workshop that has an artful blending of education and entertainment that combines audience interaction, insightful information to surface participants’ strengths and best of all…it’s not a lecture! Our keynote speaker is Sherry Saylor, viceWhile effective leadership is chair of the American Farm Bureau Women’s Leada balancing act, knowing your ership, Arizona Farm Bureau Ex-Officio board true colors will sustain balmember, and cotton, wheat and alfalfa farmer from ance. Buckeye, Arizona. Beloved by everyone, Sherry will motivate us with delightful stories regarding great leaders, share her knowledge and challenge each of us to become leaders of tomorrow. You’ll definitely be glad you took the opportunity to pause, reflect, and develop your network of leaders and new friendships.



breakout of the Agenda thursday, June 6 5:00 – 5:45 p.m. Welcome Dinner 6:00- 9:00 p.m. True Colors, an interactive workshop Friday, June 7 7:30 a.m. Registration 8:00 a.m. Welcome from Sharla Mortimer, Arizona Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee Chair 8:30 a.m. Presentation of 4-H History and tribute to Arizona 4-H Centennial 9:00 a.m. Keynote presentation by Sherry Saylor, vice-chair AFBF Women’s Leadership Committee and farmer 10:30 a.m. “Sticks and Stones May Break my Bones but Words WILL Define Me,” by Lauren Scheller, PR & Marketing Director of the Arizona Beef Council 11:30 a.m. Recognition luncheon (outstanding 4-H leaders) 1:30 p.m. Panel of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow’s Leaders 4:00 p.m. Leave for farm tour at the Van Rijn Diary Location: Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, 1800 S San Tan Village Parkway, Gilbert, Arizona. Hotel reservations: Book online at or call 480-809-4100 by May 14 to received the special group rate of $89 (single & double). Identify yourself as members of “Women in Agriculture.” Conference registration: Registration forms will be mailed March 20, 2013. They will also be available on the website. For more information, contact Peggy Jo Goodfellow at 480.635.3609 or email her at .

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• TIG – used for thin sections of stainless steel, aluminum and some alloys. It is a slow process, but important where high quality welds are demanded in applications like the aerospace industry. • MIG (wire feed) – used for large-volume production in a controlled environment (usually a fabrication shop). It is the simplest of the three welding processes. • Arc Welding (Stick) – Very versatile, simple and generally a field welding tool. Project (TARGET) - Can you envision your project completed? Do you know what steps you will need to accomplish the task? Make sure you have everything out and available. If not, step away from the tee box and rethink your shot. Or, warm up your torch!

At Milling Machinery, Inc., we have a number of talented welders. Just like professional golfers, they have developed their talents with years of practice and the right tools. For those of you who wish to improve your welding score and stay away from the cutting torch, I encourage you to apply the three-step golf set up when preparing for your welding job. In the end, you’ll have a safe and successful project completed. Editor’s Note: Bret Harris is general manager for Milling Machinery, a Mesabased millwright services company specializing in fabrication, welding, steel construction and more. They can be reached at 480.964.9041 to answer any welding questions you may have.




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Senator Olivia cajero-bedford was hosted by Pima county’s Sarah King during Agfest.

the Pinal county farm bureau booth at Agfest is popular for its yummy lamb burritos given away during the event. Pictured from left to right are Anita Kennedy, Rhonda Vanderslice and hermina Anderson.

Representative darin mitchell was hosted by Yuma County Farm Bureau President Jonathan dinsmore. Representing the produce industry, dinsmore spoke to a variety of issues during Ag fest.

Representative heather carter was hosted by maricopa county nurserymen John Augustine and Juan conteras (left) during this year’s Ag fest. during the course of the tour, they had an opportunity to discuss critical agriculture issues relating to regulatory issues, water issues and more.

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Representative ethan Orr was hosted by Pima county leaders catherine and Jack mann and Apache’s david brown (far left).

Representative Paul boyer was hosted by Graham county’s Jace Householder.

Senator Gail Griffin was hosted by cochise county’s Stephen Klump and Greenlee’s dean lunt during Ag fest. Our key issues for this legislative session include agriculture property rights and forest health.

Representative Karen fann was hosted by yavapai county’s Walt Statler during Ag fest.

March 2013 Arizona Agriculture  

The March 2013 issue of Arizona agriculture.

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