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Arizona rancher on Mexico border uses science to breed sustainable cattle

The road turns from a dusty brown to a deep, red clay along the road to Buena Vista Ranch, where rancher Dean Fish raises commercial cattle. He looks like an iconic cowboy from a faded photograph, but Fish represents a cattle ranching system focused on the future.... Read more»

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Arizona dairy woman grows appreciation for female farmers

About 45 percent of the farmers in Arizona are women, making it the state with the highest proportion of women farmers in a declining industry, according to the 2012 Census of Agriculture. ... Read more»

Ports of entry in Arizona face infrastructure and staffing challenges

From a farm or a maquila in Sonora, Mexico, to a supermarket in Chicago, the journey of products coming from Mexico is a long, sometimes slow one. But according to border experts and officials, it’s during customs inspections at the border that the process gets delayed the most because crossings are understaffed and their need for investment is often overlooked.... Read more»

How Arizona farmers cope with a closed border

With winter lettuce season starting in November, Arizona farms are rushing to find workers for harvest. A difficult task, made more difficult with the anti-immigration rhetoric coming from the current administration.... Read more»

The vote came first: Pima to allow more backyard chickens

Pima County residents in more residential areas will be allowed to keep chickens for eggs beginning next month, after the Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 on Tuesday to loosen restrictions on backyard poultry.... Read more»2

Enviros, ranchers trade barbs in killing of Mexican gray wolf

Environmentalists and ranchers are pointing fingers after government agents killed an endangered Mexican gray wolf last month for preying on cattle, the first wolf killed for depredation in 10 years.... Read more»

Trump comments on NAFTA talks put some Arizona businesses on edge

One day after President Donald Trump’s prediction that the U.S. could “end up terminating NAFTA at some point,” business and political leaders expressed hope Wednesday that negotiations on a new deal will still be allowed to play out.... Read more»

America’s Dairyland and Trump in the rearview mirror as workers return to Mexico

Some undocumented immigrants who work on Wisconsin dairy farms are returning to their homelands, citing fears of deportation and rhetoric from the Trump administration. Farmers worry whether they'll have enough workers to milk the cows.... Read more»1

Monsanto pulls Pima property-tax proposal, preserves trade-zone plan

Dodging a potential thorn in the side of a federal Foreign Trade Zone application for a planned Marana greenhouse, controversial agi-biz giant Monsanto has withdrawn a proposal to pay Pima County less in property taxes while backing the FTZ bid.... Read more»

Could good, affordable housing solve farmworker shortage?

As farmers in the West face labor shortages, some are finding that providing affordable housing is key to getting the help they need.... Read more»

Farmworker visas more than doubled in Arizona, U.S. in recent years

The number of H-2A visas issued to agricultural workers in Arizona has more than doubled in the past five years, mirroring a national increase in the temporary “guest worker program” for noncitizens.... Read more»

Pima County schedules 5 public meetings on Monsanto

Pima County is having five meetings this month to allow more citizen feedback and let Monsanto respond to complaints about its controversial plans for a greenhouse near Marana. ... Read more»3

Tribe concerned about reclaimed water on Gila River land

In June, the Gila River Indian Community approved moving reclaimed water to an area that adjoins Pii Paash land, but the small tribe of about 1,000 remains worried that the water will seep onto its land and believes the environmental questions have not been answered.... Read more»

Mexican officials call for strengthening trade relationship with U.S.

Mexican officials told a Washington audience Monday that there must be a strong trade relationship between the U.S. and Mexico in what they called a “challenging time” for the bond between the two nations.... Read more»

Growing more with less: Yuma farmers lead the way in water conservation

As Arizona copes with a 15-year drought, farmers in Yuma are learning to do more with less, and leading the way in water conservation in the process.... Read more»

Shortage of large-animal vets threatens health of Arizona livestock industry

Traditional veterinary medicine for large food animals in rural Arizona has all but vanished, leaving the state’s livestock industry increasingly vulnerable to disease and even death.... Read more»

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