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Things Only Farm Kids Know

kerr siblings

• By Erin Kuiper • On the western edge of Buckeye, Arizona, sits the family dairy farm where I grew up. My father Bill and mother Sine Kerr started their dairy business in 1980 at the ripe age of 18. Fast forward a decade and they would have four children; Wesley, Meagan (Kimmerle), myself and Julie Anne (Garcia). My brother ... Read More »

Efforts Help Mark the Monarch As Thriving, Not Endangered

monarch butterfly

• By Ana Otto • The monarch butterfly population has declined considerably over the past several decades. Reasons for the decline are attributed to reduced breeding habitat, extreme weather and other factors related to overwintering habitat, pesticides and deforestation in Mexico. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is currently in the process of evaluating whether to list the monarch as ... Read More »

Is A Perfect Storm Brewing?

arizona cotton

Arizona’s High Cotton Status May Be Worst Possible Outcome During Current Trade Wars • By Julie Murphree • The other day via my @CottonAggie Twitter account I reported, “Arizona farmers expect this year’s Upland cotton crop to yield an average of 1,527 pounds per acre, the third-highest yield ever recorded,” according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistic ... Read More »

Meet Arizona Agriculture’s Meier Family

kathleen and robert meier

• By Julie Murphree • Editor’s note: As Arizona Farm Bureau nears the 100-year mark, Farm Bureau staff has reached out to long-time farm and ranch families to tell their stories about farming and ranching in this desert state. They now have profiled 119 families, and a great many of them are Arizona cotton farmers. Search on azfb.org for “Meet Arizona ... Read More »