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Most states legalizing pot growing have yet to grapple with power demand

States legalizing cannabis so far have done little to limit or even track the huge amounts of energy needed to grow it indoors. ... Read more»

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Arizona farmers can legally grow industrial hemp, but will they take the risk?

Gazing over the cotton fields on his 300-acre farm outside Casa Grande, Paul Ollerton weighed the risks and opportunities of a new crop that, come this summer, will be legal to grow for the first time in decades.... Read more»

Arizona tribes’ role in drought talks marks turning point for inclusion

Arizona's tribes — who have extensive water rights — played a critical role in the negotiations that led to the recent passage of the Drought Contingency Plan for Arizona. ... Read more»1

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»

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»

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»

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

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»

Factchecking Trump’s drought claims

During a campaign rally in Fresno, Donald Trump claimed that California is not having a drought and water is being shoved “out to sea” to protect a “three-inch fish” at the expense of farmers.... 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»

ASU study may help improve lifespan of honey bees

As honey bee colonies decline, ASU researchers are trying to understand the resilience of the bee colonies that survive through tough living conditions.... 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»

Despite high unemployment, Yuma’s agribusiness continues to thrive

Every month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes a report listing metropolitan areas with the highest unemployment rates in the country. Yuma often finds itself at the top of that list. It had a non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 23.2 percent in October, when the national average hovered at 4.8 percent.... Read more»

Feds announce new rules to protect farmworkers from pesticide exposure

The federal government outlined new safety measures Monday that will protect farmworkers from pesticide exposure by banning pesticide use by minors and sharply increasing training requirements, among other changes.... Read more»

Analysis

Amid drought, California experiments with leasing water rights

The state’s cities need water. Its farmers have it. Could leasing rights to it solve the crisis responsibly? ... Read more»2

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