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Volume 66

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Official Publication of the Arizona Farm Bureau

A Conversation with Grady Gammage, Jr.

He suggests most agriculture on private lands will disappear; he also suggests agriculture is the best way to apply flexible water management strategies.

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rady Gammage, Jr. is a part time academic, a practicing lawyer, an author, a nix and Tucson will become a “megapolitan” area. sometimes real estate developer and a former elected official. He thinks life is How much further does it go? When the Morrison Institute did its original report more interesting if you do lots of different things. on the “Sun Corridor” the projection was that the corridor would be from Santa Cruz In his academic role, Gammage is a Senior Fellow at ASU’s County and Nogales all the way up through lower Yavapai County. Morrison Institute. His work focuses on urban growth and develThe projections have not gotten to Flagstaff since that is a bit too far opment, quality of life, and local economic issues. He also teaches to commute easily. The Morrison Institute will be coming out with a at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and at the Herberger new report on the Corridor that will document a lot more about these Institute of Design and the Arts. economic factors of cities merging together. As a lawyer, he has represented real estate projects ranging from It doesn’t mean that all the open space in between will disapmaster-planned communities to sprawling subdivisions to high rise pear. This is a common misconception. Big tracks of open space will buildings and intense urban mixed-use redevelopment. exist. It’s an economic merger; not a physical merger. He served on the Central Arizona Project Board of Directors for Arizona Agriculture: How does the Sun Corridor impact Ari12 years, and was President during a period of turbulence when the zona agriculture? CAP was suing the Federal Government over the cost of the canal. Gammage: As the Sun Corridor expands, production agriculAs a real estate developer, he built an intense, urban mixed use ture probably ultimately exists only on Indian lands. I think the priproject in the City of Tempe which won three architectural awards vate lands in Pinal County will urbanize. Who knows when all of and has been widely acclaimed. this will take place. Gammage is the author of the book Phoenix in Perspective and Arizona Agriculture: How will Arizona in general, and the Sun numerous articles on land use and growth issues. His most recent Corridor specifically, be impacted if the predictions of insufficient publication “Watering the Sun Corridor” was issued by the Morrison flow on the Colorado River come true? Institute in August of 2011. He talks to Arizona Agriculture about Gammage: The Morrison Institute’s Watering the Sun Corridor this and water. report tried to deal with the water issue. It did not assume a cut in Grady Gammage, Jr. Arizona Agriculture: Tell us about the Sun Corridor? Colorado River flow of 50%. What the report did was simply asGammage: The Sun Corridor was first named by ASU graduate students working sume an overall reduction in the aggregate water supplies in the Sun Corridor because on the issue of “megapolitans” in various areas of the United States; defined by how of climate change that would be 15%. If the reduction is 50% then there is no Colorado many people from one county commute into another county. If that employment interRiver water going to agriculture. At the smaller amounts of reduction we addressed in change factor is greater than 15% then those counties are “merged” as an economic unit. the Watering report we can cope with it over time; a systematic decline in agriculture It’s likely that the U.S. Census is going to begin to adopt this as a definition of urban in the Sun Corridor as Arizona urbanizes. If there is a 50% cut agriculture has to disapareas. Currently the Phoenix metropolitan area is called the Phoenix/Mesa Standard pear a lot more quickly. Metropolitan Statistical Area (SMSA). It includes all of Maricopa and Pinal County. It Currently in the Sun Corridor we are using about 3.2 million-acre-feet of water evdoes not yet include Pima County. ery year. About 2 million of that is agricultural. And of the 2 million that’s agricultural, Pima County has not had enough economic interchange with Pinal County for it to 400,000 of it is farming on Indian lands. be blended. Ultimately, all three counties will merge into an economic unit, and PhoeSee GAMMAGE Page 3

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rank and Mary have two sons. They were planning to pass their farm on to only one of them because the one son seems to have the most interest. Their other son lived in another city and had a steady non-farm career, so they weren’t aware he had an interest in the family farm. Before finalizing their plan, Frank and Mary held a family meeting to share this information. It came as a big surprise that the son they thought had no interest was actually very interested, and wanted to return to farming one day. Frank and Mary were pleased to learn of their son’s wishes and changed their plan accordingly. Without openly communicating with their sons before they finalized a plan, the ownership situation down the line could have been very unfair. If you’re like most of us, you want to be the one making the key decisions when it’s time to transfer your farm or business you’ve worked decades to build. That’s why it’s wise to be prepared – with a plan in place – when the time is right. But being in the driver’s seat also means making sure you share your wishes with others. Open communication helps family members understand their roles in the family business going forward – ensuring wishes are met and preserving family harmony. Ask yourself these questions to help determine if you’ve had enough communication about your wishes and plans for the family farm or business. • Do you know if your heirs want to be involved in the family business? • Does your spouse have an interest in playing a role in the future of the farm or business? • Have you worked with a team of advisers to establish a succession plan? • Has your family discussed the future of the business? • Have you expressed your wishes for the future of the business with your family members? If you’re unable to answer any of these questions, it may be time to start the business transition conversation. The first step is discussing the future of the See SUCCESSION Page 4

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bumped into a stack of old magazines: “Twentieth Century Magazine” with issues from 1911 and 1912. I was first drawn to March 1912 since that happens to be the month ahead of the Titanic disaster and certainly an event to be remembered. There were articles about then Governor Woodrow Wilson, women’s suffrage (the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was not until 1920), and an entire issue devoted to the Progressive movement and Robert La Follette. It’s always interesting to read things written before being engulfed by ensuing history. A small op-ed by an author now forgotten to history revealed a paragraph that jumped out: “The American nation decided that its superior standard of living requires decent wages for the working-man, and by a protective tariff it enables the employer to give this living wage while making both ends meet for himself.” I hope this statement, given the date, seems extraordinary to more than just me. This was 1912! We had made a choice, even back then. It’s fundamental. How can we sell a pair of shoes if our labor costs for the shoes force its price above foreign competition? How do we pay for it? Who finances it? The question is still before us. A future hint: we don’t make shoes anymore. Back then the answer was import tariffs, but we know that world is going the way of the Dodo bird. We forget how important protective tariffs were in building the U.S. standard of living and the nurturing of our productive capacity – protective tariffs work when the other guy has neither productive capacity nor the ability to retaliate. The question was moot in the thirties – no one had any money to buy anything. In WWII we converted our resources and production to the war effort unmatched by any other nation. At the end of the war, we were the only ones left with production and infrastructures intact…untouched. Additionally, WWII saw the largest disruption of populations in many countries across the world… the labor supply was not where it should have been, even if there was productive capacity. WWII saw over 60 million casualties plus the largest population displacement in history. Our soldiers just came home and went to work. We converted to production of consumer goods, there was a huge pent-up demand, and we had the “home and away” playing advantage and proceeded to build the middle class. This is an over-simplification in two sentences, but of course this is not a scholarly piece – just making a few points! How do we finance our choices? We have done some of it by creating efficiencies with applications of science and technology. We have done it with deficit budgets. Sometimes we just ignore the hard questions and kick the can down the road. And quite frankly, in some respects we have backed away from these choices because they are not sustainable. Loss of jobs, change in the nature of jobs, the walking back of benefits and erosion of the middle class. Markets create rough justice, we said we had a market system, but then we tinkered with it, we tinkered some more…because we really don’t like all of the consequences of the marketplace, but we somehow deny or postpone its reality and then it comes back on us. How do we finance our social costs? We can use all sorts of gimmicks, we can use smoke and mirrors, we can simply forestall, but in the end we must take productive dollars to provide for social dollars. And we can do this only so long as we don’t discourage the productive sector, make it uncompetitive or put it out of business. It’s like musical chairs. If the wealth is not produced – if capital is not created we will be a chair short. The answer to how we pay for our choices – asked as early as 1912? The answer: careful balance and re-calibration, but it must start with an understanding of the fundamentals. Sometimes, we understand our own pocket book economics, but have difficulty stepping back from it. In agriculture, we have a greater chance of understanding, because we make stuff, we produce things; we create products which generate all sorts of infrastructures. We create wealth because the sum of our parts is more than just the sum of our inputs.

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he Altar Valley west of Tucson is comprised of more than 600,000 acres and is one of the few desert grasslands left in Arizona that is an open, working landscape that still supports a rural economy and way of life. It is comprised of working ranches and the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge. Kinder Morgan, which became the U.S.’s largest pipeline provider in 2012, wants to construct the 59-mile Sierrita Lateral pipeline down the Altar Valley to export natural gas to Mexico. Sempra International, according to Kinder Morgan, is demanding delivery on the U.S./Mexico border at Sasabe, even though existing pipelines cross the border at Naco, Nogales, and Yuma. The U.S. has a federally designated energy corridor (that already contains pipeline infrastructure) that runs to the border at Nogales and joins with a Mexican pipeline route. Kinder Morgan won’t say why Sasabe, whose main industry is the smuggling of drugs and people, is (in their minds) the only place to cross. The company has identified two routes down the Altar Valley. One would follow Highway 286, a sparsely traveled two-lane road that crosses the Buenos Aires National Wildlife private enterprise or trade is certainly encouraged, but the sierrita lateral pipeline project could succeed at a more prudent location, Refuge. Because Kinder Morgan would relike the federally designated energy corridor that runs to nogales and quire bulldozing an additional 100- to 150-foot already contains pipeline infrastructure. utility corridor along the road, the U.S. Fish & See SAVING OUR FUTURE Page 4

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Arizona Agriculture: We’ve had lots of booms and busts in this state. If we’re currently back on a growth track, any predictions on how long it lasts? Gammage: The pretty safe rule of thumb in Arizona is that we tend to boom for about 10 years and then bust for about three years. We might be once again beginning that 10-year boom cycle. Or, this is a transition year. The good news is that we are not booming up again with just rapid home construction. This might be more of a diversified economic base which could also mean that it’s a more sustainable. We’re not done with busts, though. That’s just the nature of economic growth. Arizona Agriculture: If this is a more diversified economic upsurge, what’s making it so? Gammage: We are getting a couple of types of industry moving into our state. They’re coming here because we are viewed as being well protected from natural disasters. The industries include financial services industries and data centers. So you see USAA and State Farm on Tempe Town Lake. The reason is when disaster strikes somewhere else in the country you need someone to answer the phone to put in your claim. You want to be as far from a disaster point as you can. The data centers address the same thing. But data centers are not people; just gigantic rooms filled with computers with a few people keeping them running. They are the stuff of the cloud. When you hear about the cloud and how all computing is moving to the cloud, well the cloud is in Chandler. This is all for the same reason, you don’t want to go down so you pick an area considered safer from natural disasters. I also think Arizona is well positioned to capitalize on systems for health care delivery because we have the Mayo Clinic and we have Banner Health and we have St. Joe’s and Barrows and Phoenix Children’s; we have some very high-end hospitals some of which are destination hospitals. The Sun Corridor is becoming a major magnet for the biosciences and the cuttingedge of health care delivery methodologies. Arizona Agriculture: Does the future of agriculture have a place in all this? Gammage: I hope so. I think it should. What we’ve talked about mostly is the Sun Corridor which is the urban heart of Arizona. Most of the non-Indian agriculture in the Sun Corridor is going to transition to being urbanized. I think that leads agriculture to a couple of places where it has a major presence on Indian lands. Given the CAP settlements, and the Indian Water Rights settlements these lands have a very large block of rights to Colorado River Water. The other question is what happens to agriculture outside of the Sun Corridor, as the urban areas begin to use more and more water. That’s a question we really don’t have an answer to yet. I think there will be increasing pressure to move water from other parts of Arizona to the Sun Corridor. The Colorado River water will move to the Sun Corridor. The question is how do we minimize the socially disruptive impact of that over time? Arizona Agriculture: You’ve suggested that agriculture doesn’t really belong in the state now, why? Gammage: No, I’ve never said that – quite to the contrary. I think we need measures to preserve agriculture. We have no policies in Arizona about preserving agriculture. Most states do. Agriculture preservation is huge in Oregon. The way other states

do it most farmers in Arizona would not like. The way they do it is by zoning land for agriculture so you can’t convert it to houses; they put growth boundaries around cities. So, if you’re outside a growth boundary the value of your land is much less. The way they do it is to say you can’t convert certain kinds of water rights to urban water rights. None of those things are popular with Arizona farmers. But the reason they do it in places like Oregon is all about land. They’re trying to preserve areas like the Willamette Valley, one of the most fertile growing areas in the world. Preserving agriculture in Arizona is not about land. We have plenty of land. It’s about water. It’s about do you keep agriculture in the water use mix. I think we should for several reasons. One, in the Sun Corridor the presence of agriculture mitigates the heat island effect; actually moderating the climate. The second reason I think we should, it’s the only sort of tie we have to why there is a big city here in the first place. Phoenix is a farming town. Farming is Phoenix’s heritage; it’s why we’re here. But the third and most important reason you want to preserve agriculture in the mix is it gives us water management flexibility that urban uses don’t. Once you grow a city to consume its water supply then in times of drought you’re screwed. That’s Las Vegas; That’s Los Angeles. That’s San Diego. In the really serious drought in the last decade in the southwest, we’ve never put any restrictions on water use for people who live in Phoenix. The reason is we can adjust agricultural use to protect urban use. That’s really an important concept. It’s a complicated concept. If you’re growing citrus trees, you can’t stop watering them for a year. But if you’re growing alfalfa and the water needs to convert to urban use during a drought you can do that. And then you can rotate it back into crops at a point in the future. I think preserving agriculture is important for that reason. Arizona Agriculture: What role will the Native American tribes play in future water usage? Will they continue to use water for agriculture, or sell it to municipal and industrial users? Gammage: They will save us from ourselves from too much urbanization. While it can take a long time to reach a deal with an Indian tribe I think over time they will allow their water to move to urban uses when it needs to on a short-term basis knowing that they can bring back farming when we don’t need the water because we’re out of the drought or we’re using other sources. I think they’ll be major players in thinking about the water management flexibility in Arizona’s future. Arizona Agriculture: Do you foresee any significant changes to Arizona water law? Will we retain the prohibition on inter-basin transfer of water? Gammage: I’m not sure. Water law changes very slowly – it’s to protect the status quo. I think over a long period of time we will come to break down the artificial distinction between ground water and surface water. I could see elective relaxation of the inter-basin transfer. Water does flow toward money which means it flows toward people over the long haul. Editor’s Note: As the conversation series continues, Arizona Agriculture will continue discussing water interviewing farmers and others on this very important topic in our desert state.


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Wildlife Service opposes this eastern option and has declared it “incompatible” with the mission of the Refuge. The alternative, which is now championed by Kinder Morgan, is to veer west across private ranchland and State Trust Land and carve in a new road and utility corridor, which Refuge biologists acknowledge would be even more environmentally destructive. Local Border Patrol agents oppose both routes because they would create another smuggling corridor through the valley, which is already one of the major arteries pumping drugs into the United States. According to Agent Roger San Martin, “The installation of a pipeline would inadvertently create a route of egress for transnational criminal organizations (TCO’s)…The rise in illegal traffic would subsequently result in a more robust smuggling infrastructure and a higher crime rate to border communities on both sides of the international border.” The Altar Valley Conservation Alliance, a 501(c) (3) grassroots organization founded by local ranchers in 1995, works tirelessly to promote conservation and sustainable stockraising and has invested significant resources into the Altar Valley in the form of both private donations as well as grant monies. The Alliance conducts prescribed burns, builds rock structures to heal erosion, and grades dirt roads to return runoff to the soil. Two projects are threatened by the installation of the pipeline. In 2010, the Alliance received a grant to create prescribed burn plans at five sites in the valley. One of those sites would be bisected by the new pipeline; Kinder Morgan says it would not allow burning to occur over the pipeline. In January 2012, the Alliance restored 8 washes along a road close to the proposed western pipeline route. Ranchers in the Alliance also know that new north-south travelways mean more drugs and more smugglers with AK-47s cutting fences and puncturing waterlines, along with more horrific deaths from heatstroke or exposure as coyotes abandon any migrants who slow them down. Locating the Sierrita Lateral pipeline down the Altar Valley is unnecessary and will only degrade both border security and one of the last unfragmented valleys in southern Arizona. While we certainly do not oppose private enterprise or trade, it is clear that this project could succeed at a more prudent location, like the federally designated energy corridor that runs to Nogales and already contains pipeline infrastructure. We should not sacrifice the safety of our citizens or the integrity of our ranchlands to fuel poorly planned speculative schemes in Mexico.

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family business with other family members. Bring them into the conversation with your advisers to make sure your wishes are conveyed accurately, and their wishes are addressed. With open communication, your family farm or business stands the best chance of continuing the way you envision it will. With open communication all along, families do help the next generation determine what they want to do in the future. Says young dairy farmer Wes Kerr, “Farming is a livelihood and a way of life. I believe that people who do not love it should not do it. My parents did not push me to become a farmer; instead, they encouraged me to explore many different options. I am so thankful that they did, because it led me to go out and find my passion on my own. I looked at the other options, but the love I had for farming won out and, luckily, there was a role for me on our farm.” Editor’s note: Contact your Farm Bureau agent, or go to the Farm Bureau Financial Services website at fbfs.com and select the “Business” tab to get started on your succession planning journey. Consult with your attorney and other professional advisers for tax and legal advice, and to determine the best solution for your specific situation. Next in the series will be “Teaming Up: Assembling Your Business Succession Team.”


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By Russell Van Leuven, Air Quality Program Manager for Arizona Department of Agriculture

ith energy costs rising, investigating ways to conserve energy can save you money. By conserving energy or utilizing renewable energy sources, producers can reduce their input costs, maintain production, protect natural resources, reduce dependence on fossil fuels, and save money. The Arizona Department of Agriculture (ADA) has partnered with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to provide On-Farm Energy Audits. Energy has become a new concern with the cost of energy increasing. The first step in reducing your energy costs is to have an audit completed and see where to reduce energy use. The On-Farm Energy Audit Implementation Program is available for any agricultural producer that uses some sort of energy on their facility. This includes farms, nurseries, concentrated animal feeding operations and ranches. An audit is an evaluation of current farm practices and procedures with recommendations to reduce energy consumption on the farm. There are two types of audits available; Headquarters and Landscape Audits. A Headquarters Energy Audit consists of analyzing farm buildings, which includes lighting, insulation, ventilation, water system and heating/cooling that are used on the farm. A Landscape Audit analyzes the agronomic operations like crop and pasture management, forestry practices, manure handling, irrigation, and other farming activities. The energy audits completed through this program will meet all of the USDA, NRCS requirements for an Agricultural Energy Management Plan. By meeting this high standard, completed audits may be then used to apply for energy conservation grants offered through the USDA-NRCS, Rural Development, or local utility providers. This provides

the producer with cost effective ways to reduce operating costs while saving energy. Through this program you are able to receive an energy audit on your agricultural operation with no out of pocket costs. Energy Audits will be processed on a first come first served basis, so please submit your application as soon as possible. You can download an application at the Arizona Department of Agriculture website www.azda.gov. The NRCS has developed four energy tools to help farmers and ranchers to independently identify their energy costs. • Animal Housing – The animal housing tool is designed to estimate the energy savings associated with housing costs of concentrated animal feeding operations. • Irrigation – The irrigation tool enables you to estimate potential energy savings associated with pumping water for irrigation. • Nitrogen – The nitrogen tool enables you to calculate the potential cost-savings related to nitrogen use on your farm or ranch. • Tillage – The tillage tool estimates diesel fuel use and costs in the production of key crops and compares potential energy savings between conventional tillage and alternative tillage systems. For more information on energy use or to use these useful tools go to: http://energytools.sc.egov.usda.gov/ The ADA is pleased to offer these energy audits for agricultural producers at no cost. For more information or to complete a request form, contact Rusty Van Leuven at (602) 542-3484 or Tiffany Ground at (602) 542-0873 from the Agricultural Consultation and Training Office of the Arizona Department of Agriculture.

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By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau

n 2012, according to the Humane Society of the United States’ (HSUS) Annual Report, their “Contributions and Grants” revenue line item totaled $151,069,252. When reviewing their Annual Report, I couldn’t help thinking, “charity dollars need to go to children; not the dogs.” Don’t get me wrong, I love animals. I grew up on a farm. You love the animals you care for and grow up considering them (especially our dogs) part of the family. But when a national organization like HSUS spends millions, not on animals, but to lobby against our very livelihood, maybe it’s time we step up and readjust our priorities. The HSUS story is even more depressing when you realize most of its donors are being duped. According to recent nation-

al public polling, 71 percent of Americans think HSUS is an “umbrella group” for pet shelters across America. Sixty-eight percent believe HSUS spends most of its money funding local pet shelters. Neither is true. HSUS is not affiliated with local humane societies and doesn’t run any pet shelters. It donates just 1 percent of the money it collects to local shelters. Plus, an April 2012 poll of 1,000 HSUS supporters found that almost 90 percent were unaware that it gives just 1 percent of its budget to local pet shelters. So if the millions of dollars HSUS raises went to animal shelters, I’d feel a little bit better. The truth is the dogs don’t even get their charity dollars! Let’s Change this by Giving to Our Youth A way exists to get more dollars to our youth. Arizona Farm Bureau has made a way to help your giving go to the children. Through See KIDS Page 8


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Getting the Most out of Farm Bureau’s Annual Convention Delegates Carry the Ultimate Power in Farm Bureau

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By Paul Brierley, Arizona Farm Bureau

ou campaigned, and won the coveted slot of being a delegate representing your county at the Arizona Farm Bureau Annual Convention this November. Or maybe you didn’t attend your county Farm Bureau meeting and they elected you as a delegate. Either way, delegates are sitting atop a golden opportunity to influence agriculture’s hot topics while having a good time, learning a lot and visiting with fellow farmers and ranchers throughout Arizona. In preparation for the meeting and exercising your vote, it’s a good idea to visit with your County President or Policy Development Chair to learn which policies your county has submitted for consideration at the state level and delegates from county farm bureaus key policies that other counties have around the state discuss and vote on policies that lead Farm Bureau’s work on key submitted. This is often discussed at issues that will affect agriculture. Delegates your county’s October board meeting, should be prepared to weigh in on proposed so you’ll want to attend this month’s policies.

scheduled county board meetings. Be sure to register for the hotel and convention (see Registration Form on page 4), and then it’s on to the convention at the exclusive Scottsdale Resort in Scottsdale. Thursday, November the 7th is a full day of working on resolutions, as well as hearing from some great speakers. All Farm Bureau policies start at the county level and are discussed, amended and approved by delegates elected by the grassroots members. Working together during the resolutions session, your county delegates will be able to influence the final language to be adopted as state policy or sent on to American Farm Bureau. This may mean convincing delegates from other counties to support your policy positions. The day ends with an elegant awards banquet recognizing people who have made their mark on agriculture and Farm Bureau. Great music and dancing will finish off Thursday night. Friday has a great line-up of political and informational speakers that you won’t want to miss. So be sure to get registered and prepared to fully participate in the Annual Convention. You’ll go home to the farm or ranch reinvigorated with new knowledge and new friendships. And you’ll have made a mark on the industry that you love and want to see prosper in our country – agriculture.


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Kids Fall Trip to DC a Success

Our fall Washington, D.C. and Iowa trip netted great results. Those attending were Arizona Farm Bureau President Kevin Rogers, First Vice President Tim Dunn and wife Eileen, Adam and Michelle Hatley (Maricopa), Richie and Heather Kennedy (Pinal), Joe and Sarah King (Pima), Jason and Melissa Perry (Young Farmers and Ranchers), Jim Klinker and Ana Kennedy (staff). Major highlights: • The group had a chance to meet with nearly all of the congressional members or their staff to discuss immigration/labor and border security, air quality, the Farm Bill, Endangered Species Act and Equal Access to Justice Act reform, the Mexican wolf, and the Navajo Generating Station. • Dr. Thomas Schmidt, the Agriculture Attaché at the German Embassy, not only provided German beer and sausage for tasting, but also shared facts about German agriculture and how they provide a safety net for their farmers. • In Iowa attendees learned about FBL Financial Group, Inc. and how they work with the Arizona Farm Bureau on both the federation and insurance side. The group was also treated to a tour of their extensive building.

Arizona Welcomes New Arizona National Livestock Show Executive Director After completing a national search, the Arizona National Livestock Show has named Michael Bradley, from Granite Bay, CA, as the new Executive Director. The Arizona National Livestock Show is the largest Livestock Show in the Southwest annually attracting exhibitors from more than 19 states. It is a western tradition that began in 1948 for the Grand Canyon State that also produces a prestigious and highly successful horse show held at West World equine complex in Scottsdale, AZ. “The success and future of the Arizona National Livestock Show are in the very capable hands of an experienced leader who is highly regarded within the nation’s fairs and expositions industry. We are excited to have Mr. Bradley as our new Director and welcome him to our Arizona National family,” said Jim Loughead, President, ANLS. Bradley developed an international reputation for creating the nation’s most innovative livestock and agricultural showcases. His exposition talents are diversified, having created and directed expansive outdoor entertainment venues, premier wine and food events and rodeos in addition to museum-quality exhibit programs. “I thank Grant for his years of leadership and service to ANLS,” says Arizona Farm Bureau President Kevin Rogers, “and look forward to Michael’s direction for the future. His experience along with board direction should benefit us for years to come.” Long known as an innovator, The Livestock Market Digest declared that Bradley was one of 25 individuals, businesses or organizations who are making a difference for the American Livestock Industry.

Special Ford Event in December ….Save the Date! The Arizona Ford Dealers Association and Arizona Farm Bureau have teamed up to hold a four-day statewide special Farm Bureau Days event December 5-8, 2013. All Farm Bureau member families will receive advance notice inviting them to come to a special Farm Bureau event at their local Ford dealership during those four days. For more information and a list of dealerships, contact Peggy Jo Goodfellow at peggyjogoodfellow@azfb. org or call her at 480-635-3609.

Farm Credit Services Southwest to Build New Safford Branch Office

Farm Credit Services Southwest officially broke ground on a 3,000 square foot office building in Safford last month. The new building is expected to be completed next January. Farm Credit Services Southwest has been serving Arizona and Imperial Valley, California since 1917 and from the Safford location since 1992. The branch has grown from its original two employees, Craig Tyler and Nancy Van Voorhis, with $8 million in loan volume to seven full-time employees servicing loans to local farmers and ranchers, totaling $86 million. “Our staff is excited about the new building and believes it projects our long-term commitment to the agricultural community in rural Arizona,” said Craig Tyler, Vice President and Branch Manager. Farm Credit Services Southwest is the largest lender to agriculture in Arizona and California’s Imperial Valley. It extends more than $1 billion in loans from four branch offices. For more information, log onto www.fcssw.com or call 1.800.285.9810.

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its Educational Farming Company, a 501(c)(3), you can contribute to important programs that help young people understand Arizona’s agriculture story. Arizona Farm Bureau’s Educational Farming Company supports the following organizations: • Arizona Farm Bureau’s Ag in the Classroom • Phoenix Zoo’s Harmony Farm • FFA • 4-H • Summer Ag Institute • Project CENTRL • Arizona National Livestock Show And, when you and I donate to educational programs for children, we’re not only telling our state’s farm and ranch story, we’re helping improve their test scores since teaching agriculture in the classroom improves memory and learning retention (we have a study to confirm this). Most importantly, we’re protecting our industry. By protecting our industry we advance the cause of agriculture for the next generation. We keep a $12.4 billion industry in our state robust. We spur on a healthy economy. We secure a nation that must be able to feed itself. We do so much when we contribute dollars to children. It’s said that you can understand a company’s priorities by examining its budget. We know HSUS’. I contend we know our own priorities by checking our own budgets. Won’t you give to our children’s futures? If you want to partner with Arizona Farm Bureau in reaching our youth, send a check written out to “Arizona Farm Bureau’s Educational Farming Company.” Or, go to azfb.org/public/821/programs/program-support and make a payment online.

October 2013 Arizona Agriculture  

Arizona Farm Bureau's 2013 issue of Arizona Agriculture

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