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From laser-leveled fields to drip irrigation, farms stretch water they have

With agriculture accounting for about two-thirds of the water used in Arizona, a state program encourages farmers to adopt water-saving practices and technologies. Through the Best Management Practices program, farmers receive incentives if they follow suggestions from the Arizona Department of Water Resources.... Read more»

Ban lifted, tequila pours into China

A whiff of tequila may conjure images of blue-green agave fields in the Mexican countryside, a raucous Texas dance hall or even a college frat house after a homecoming game. But there’s a new tequila haven emerging across the globe, and it’s the most populous city in the world — Shanghai.... Read more»

Legal pot in Colorado comes with risks

A reporter returns to his hometown and confronts the new reality of legalized marijuana: “I found that a place settled by the Gold Rush is now mad about reefer.”... Read more»1

Could pot be a cash crop for Texas?

Agriculture commissioner candidate Kinky Friedman argues that marijuana legalization is the future of Texas. But for farmers in states where growing it is legal, the crop has come with a new set of problems. But for
farmers in states where growing it is legal, the crop has come with a new set of problems.... Read more»

Mexicans squeezed by soaring lime prices

The citrus fruit has become such a precious commodity that gangs of thieves are even stealing ‘green gold’ by the ton.... Read more»

Hard times hit Margaritaville: Lime prices double after Mexico storms

The lime, a staple in many of Arizona’s Mexican eateries and grocery stores, has doubled in price over the last two months after heavy fall storms in Mexico knocked blooms from trees.... Read more»

Grassroots effort seeks labeling of genetically modified foods in Az

With no funding and facing a July deadline to gather 173,000 signatures, a Tucson man is out to require labels telling consumers whether food products are genetically engineered or made with genetically engineered ingredients.... Read more»

Lawmaker seeks to bar cities from prohibiting chickens in backyards

A bill sponsored by Sen. David Farnworth would provide every homeowner with the chance to own a chicken and other fowl like peacocks or ducks. An organization of cities and towns objects to the proposal.... Read more»

Lifting spirits: Bill would allow winemakers to distill leftover grapes

Many wineries beyond Arizona are allowed to distill wine byproducts, known as fruit pomace, into spirits such as brandy, cognac, cider and grappa, an Italian brandy. Now an state lawmaker is trying to let wineries here to get producer’s licenses that allow them to follow suit.... Read more»

Comic:

SB 1062: Let 'em eat burgers...

Local pizzaman Rocco DiGrazia has said “Just say no (pizza)” to the backers of Senate Bill 1062. “We reserve the right to refuse service to Arizona legislators,” reads a sign in the window of his Tucson restaurant.... Read more»

Pulque: What Mexico's hipsters are drinking now

Long the province of peasants and poor townfolk, pulque — say “pool-kay” — the mildly sour, slightly slimy and gently fermented nectar of agave, has been reborn this century as a buzz of choice among young, forward-leaning and better-heeled urbanites. It’s about $1.65 a pint, and a nearly hangover-proof means of getting hammered.... Read more»

Az food-stamp recipients won’t feel farm bill funding cuts

President Barack Obama signed a farm bill Friday that includes $8 billion in cuts to the food-stamp program over the next 10 years, but Arizona recipients will not see a reduction in their benefits. But advocates point to benefits cuts in November and worry that more may be coming.... Read more»

Tucson school uses garden, ecology projects to cultivate math skills

Kindergartners use a long wooden stick with inch-spaced marks to make sure carrot seeds planted in Manzo Elementary School’s garden will grow without crowding each other. In the process, they’re learning units of measure. Teachers at the West Side school said that while many schools have gardens to teach sustainability lessons, theirs is different because its many components allow math lessons for all grade levels.... Read more»

Analysis

How beer explains NAFTA’s devastating effects on Mexico

Analysis: The North American Free Trade Agreement was the poster child for the wonders of free trade. The reality is another story.... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Navigating the 'Season of Sweets'

The Monday Political Face-Off featureed commentators Vince Rabago and John Munger. Also, how will you handle the “Season of Sweets”? Jack Challem, the Nutrition Reporter, has some simple to follow advice.... Read more»

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