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As tariffs take toll, Green Valley Pecan eyes cutbacks

As the tariff dispute between the U.S. and China drags on, the effects are starting to hit Green Valley Pecan Co., with dropping prices and mounting uncertainty.... Read more»

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What the Devil won't tell you

Arizona's 54th Legislature: Smell the sanity (and/or fear)

The 54th Arizona Legislature is acting someone put two parts hydrogen and one part oxygen in their drinking water. Could it be they’ve read my work? Or do they just know a thing or two about elections and consequences?... Read more»

Lemons out of lemonade: Citrus growers can't cash in on strong lemon market

The lemon market is hot but Arizona farmers are unable to expand into it because of urbanization and drought. ... Read more»

Boosting the pecanomy: Arizona pecan production peaks

Arizona's pecan industry faces the twin threats of climate change and trade wars even as it continues to grow.... Read more»

Cost of drought: Less water from Lake Mead in 2020, higher rates

Lake Mead's dropping levels mean Arizona could lose its water allotment for the Central Arizona Project, which could lead to higher rates, and even restrictions. Conservation may be key to keeping water in everyone’s taps across the state.... Read more»

Native American farmers plan moves to global market, greater sustainability

Native Americans are the primary operators of more than half of all farm or ranches in the state, making Arizona’s agriculture landscape unique.... Read more»

Yuma lettuce growers work to rebuild consumer trust after E. coli outbreak

An E. coli outbreak that sickened people in 35 states and led to a recall of romaine lettuce farmed in Yuma clipped a billion-dollar industry that reaches to Sweden, with farmers now working to rebuild consumers’ trust.... Read more»

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»

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»

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