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					                        ***** ARIZONA FARM BUREAU *****

             ***** AGRICULTURE AND FARM BUREAU NEWS *****

                             ***** September 23, 2010 *****

hosts Arizona Farm Bureau’s Joe Sigg and Government for Arizona 2nd Century Tomp
Simplot. The two guests will discuss Proposition 111 relating to the position of Lieutenant
Governor. Proposition 111 proposes a constitutional amendment that would rename the
office of secretary of state as the office of attorney general and prescribe a new process for
electing the Lt. Governor. Simplot will speak in favor of the proposition; Sigg will speak in
opposition. Tune in at 7:00pm for an insightful discussion on this proposition.

---BAUCUS BILL TO ADDRESS ESTATE TAX---Senate Finance Committee
Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) plans to introduce legislation that would address the
estate tax issue and extend the expiring 2001 and 2003 tax cuts for all but the highest tax

However, there is doubt Congress will consider the bill prior to the November election.
―We're ready, but we have a lot to do,‖ Baucus said. ―I just don't know [about a vote before
the election]. People want to leave town by the end of next week so [we have to see] what
else we can fit in.‖

The bill is expected to include an altered version of the estate tax. Both Republicans and
Democrats want a lower estate tax rate and a higher exemption. President Barack Obama
wants to revive the 2009 structure with a 45 percent tax rate and a $3.5 million exemption.

The American Farm Bureau Federation continues to back a bill by Sens. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.)
and Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) that would raise the exemption to $5 million and lower the
top rate to 35 percent.
     CQ Politics article
     The Hill article

Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) cut the ribbon this morning for the
opening of the ―2010 Urban Wheat Field‖ adjacent to National Museum of the American
Indian, just four blocks from AFBF’s Washington office.

With the Capitol, a Case-IH combine and the wheat crop as a backdrop, Peterson said U.S.
agriculture is the victim of its own success. ―No matter what they throw at us, we still
succeed,‖ Peterson said

The Urban Wheat Field is sponsored by the National Association of Wheat Growers in
cooperation with the Wheat Foods Council. The exhibit shows a quarter-acre of live,
growing wheat, multiple demonstration flour mills and a mobile baking laboratory. It will
be open to the public today and Friday. The event is staffed by wheat growers from around
the country and experts in the areas of milling, baking and nutrition.

The first Urban Wheat Field event was held in New York City in 2008 and reached
thousands of urbanites, many of whom know little about farming and some of whom had
never seen a growing agricultural product.
    National Association of Wheat Growers news release
Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.), chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said
climate change legislation is dead for the rest of this term of Congress. ―I don’t see a
comprehensive bill going anywhere in the next two years,‖ said Bingaman, who supports
climate change legislation.

Republicans are expected to gain seats in both the House and the Senate and passing
climate change legislation that mandates reductions in greenhouse gases will be tough. ―I’d
be surprised if that kind of a comprehensive climate and energy bill could pass both houses
of Congress in the next Congress, since they’ve been unable to pass it in this Congress,‖
Bingaman said.
     Reuters article

Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) and 21 other senators asked President Barack Obama to include the
issue of beef trade on the agenda for his meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan
later this week.

―The Japanese restrictions on U.S. beef have hurt our beef industry and producers across
Nebraska for nearly seven years,‖ Johanns said. ―Japan’s position, for which there is no
scientific justification, has cost American producers billions of dollars. Japan’s restrictions
on American beef are unfair, without merit and should be eased immediately. I sincerely
hope the president will relay these critical concerns to the prime minister.‖

The following senators joined Johanns in raising this issue with Obama: Sam Brownback
(R-Kan.), Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Mike
Enzi (R-Wyo.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), Blanche Lincoln (D-
Ark.), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Kit Bond
(R-Mo.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), John Thune (R-S.D.),
Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), Mark Udall (D-Colo.), Bill Nelson (D-Fl.), Jim Risch (R-
Idaho), Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and Richard Burr (R-N.C.).
    Sen. Johanns news release

FERTILIZER--- A report released Wednesday by International Fertilizer Development
Center said there is enough phosphate rock to make fertilizer for several hundred years.
The finding refutes speculation that the world is poised to run out of phosphorus.

The report said there is an estimated 60 billion tons of reserves of phosphorus plus another
290 billion tons of raw global phosphate rock that could be used in the future. ―When I
started this study, I want to admit that I thought there might be a real problem,‖ said Steven
Van Kauwenbergh, a geologist with the center. ―I don’t see any indication of any peak
     Reuters article

YEARS---The dairy industry in the United States has undergone significant structural
change over the past eight years, according to a report, Overview of the United States
Dairy Industry, released Wednesday by the Agriculture Department’s National Agricultural
Statistics Service.

The number of milk cow operations continues to decline in the United States, according to
the report. There were 65,000 milk cow operations in 2009 compared to 97,460 in 2001, a
decline of 33 percent. Despite the large decrease in milk cow operations during this time
period, both milk production and milk cow numbers have been on the rise. Milk production
increased 15 percent, from 165,332 million pounds in 2001 to 189,320 million pounds in
2009. Milk cow inventory showed a smaller increase of 1 percent, from 9.10 million head
in 2001 to 9.20 million head in 2009.

Department of Agriculture has announced that the Equine Rescue Registry is accepting
applications from certified Equine Rescue facilities. Certified Equine Rescue facilities can
now be listed on the Equine Rescue Registry found on the Departments website.

The application for listing is located at

Certification and listing on the registry allows the public to easily find Equine Rescue
facilities that meet veterinarian approved standards of care. This will lead to more secure
homes for abandoned or unwanted horses in the future.

The number of abandoned horses has skyrocketed in the United States. It is estimated that
the annual number of abandoned horses is over 100,000 per year. In 2009 the Arizona
Horse Council working with representatives from the Equine Rescue community were
successful in having legislation enacted to create the Equine Rescue Registry.

This year the Arizona Department of Agriculture created a set of rules to implement the
new law. The new rules went into effect July 5, 2010.

The Arizona Horse Council encourages all interested Equine Rescue facilities to take
advantage of this opportunity.

If you have any questions please contact Chip Wilson of the Arizona Horse Council at 602-
390-6806 or

REGULATIONS---A new report released by the Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small
Business Administration shows that small businesses, those with fewer than 20 employees,
pay significantly more per employee to comply with federal regulations than large
businesses, especially when it comes to environmental and tax compliance obligations.

The report shows that on a per-employee basis it costs small companies $2,830 more than
larger companies to comply with government regulations. This represents a 36 percent
Complying with environmental regulations costs small businesses 364 percent more than it
costs larger businesses. The cost of tax compliance is 206 percent higher for small business
than larger businesses.

The annual cost of all federal regulations in the United States increased to more than $1.75
trillion in 2008, according to the study.

To access the report, click here.

Environmental Protection Agency filed the rule last week with the White House Office of
Management and Budget that requires labels on gasoline pumps selling fuel containing up
to 15 percent ethanol, which is viewed as a sign the government may be close to approving
a higher ethanol blend rate.

A decision on increasing the ethanol blend rate is expected from EPA by October. EPA is
waiting on test results from the Department of Energy on how E15 fuel affects the
performance of vehicles built in 2007 and later model years. DOE is expected to submit
that information to EPA by the end of this month.
     Reuters article

recently surpassed Japan and Mexico to become the second leading importer of U.S.
agricultural goods, according to Agriculture Department Undersecretary Jim Miller. The
numbers have grown greatly since China joined the World Trade Organization in 2001.

―I believe we were doing about $2 billion in exports per year to China at that time,‖ Miller
said. ―Now this year we will do in excess of $14 billion.‖

The U.S. recently opened its fifth agricultural trade office in China at Shenyang, the capital
of northwest China's international trade hub in Liaoning province.
     Farm Futures article

Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) is circulating a ―Dear Colleague‖ letter for House members to
sign to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson. The letter expresses
concern about possible revisions to the National Ambient Air Quality Standard for coarse
particulate matter or dust.

EPA is considering reducing the current standard by half. The deadline for House members
to sign the Lummis letter is Wednesday. The American Farm Bureau Federation is urging
state Farm Bureaus to contact their House delegations and ask them to sign the letter.

Dust in rural areas is much more prevalent than in urban areas due to unpaved roads,
farmers working their fields and blowing winds. The current standard and any research on
the issue was derived largely from urban areas. EPA admits that it lacks good scientific
data on the effects of coarse particulate matter.

Howard Berman (D-Calif.), the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said
Monday he wants his committee to vote on a bill that would relax travel and trade
restrictions to Cuba before Congress recesses to campaign for the November election.

However, Berman said he doesn’t know if he has the votes to pass the bill authored by
House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-Minn.). The Agriculture
Committee approved the bill earlier this year, but the Foreign Affairs Committee also must
approve it before it goes to the full House.

Berman said he won’t call for a committee vote if it he doesn’t’ have the votes to pass the
bill. ―I’m not going to bring it up to lose,‖ he said. Farm Bureau strongly backs the bill.
      Reuters article

Just because former Agriculture undersecretary Gus Schumacher is no longer with USDA
doesn’t mean he’s stopped working with farmers. Schumacher now chairs Wholesome
Wave, a foundation that works with farmers’ markets to ensure that disadvantaged
consumers have access to fresh produce.

―What we do is look at nutrition and how can we work with farmers and have farmers
become healthy food hubs. There are 40 million people on food stamps now that’s costing
about $70 billion dollars. Our foundation doubles food stamps and WIC vouchers at a
farmers’ market. People on food stamps can eat healthy, eat fresh, eat local and nourish
their neighborhood,‖ Schumacher said.

Currently there are 160 farmers’ markets in 20 states participating in the Wholesome Wave
voucher program.
    AFBF Newsline

Farmland is increasingly seen as a safer investment than the stock market, prompting
wealthy Americans, private funds and foreigners to put money into corn fields, orchards
and the like. ―As investors tire of Wall Street’s roller coaster, more of them are plowing
their money into land—farmland,‖ notes P.J. Huffstutter in an article in this week’s Los
Angeles Times.

U.S. farm release estate prices (including value of land and buildings) have nearly doubled
over the last 10 years to $2,140 per acre. Wells Fargo, the nation’s top agricultural business
lender in total dollar volume, increased farm lending 12 percent from 2008 to 2009 due to
higher demand.

Investment in farmland is hot globally, not just in the U.S. Land acquisitions by foreign
investors have shot up in countries such as Ethiopia and Mozambique. Interest in investing
in farms in Asia, Africa and Brazil continues to grow.
     LA Times article

DEMAND ---Media attention to animal welfare results in significant, negative effects on
U.S. meat demand, according to a new analysis by Kansas State University. The study’s
results are based on an extensive search of top U.S. newspapers and magazines from 1982
to 2008.

According to the study researchers, the most direct effects of media attention were
associated with pork and poultry demand, although the beef industry is not immune.
Increased media attention related to animal welfare led consumers to buy non-meat foods
rather than switching among different types of meat, according to the study.

The study is the first to assess how media attention on animal welfare influences consumer
meat purchases, according to the researchers. View the report online here.

Agriculture Department has opened a new agricultural trade office in Shenyang, the capital
of northwest China’s international trade hub in Liaoning province.

―Increased agricultural exports create important income opportunities for producers as well
as the off-farm jobs that are so critical for strengthening economies in rural America,‖ said
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. ―China is a vital market for U.S. agricultural products,
and this new office will help exporters take advantage of rising per capita incomes and
steady economic growth in the region by raising the profile of American agricultural and
food products.‖

China imported roughly $13 billion worth of U.S. agricultural products in fiscal year 2009,
making it the second-largest U.S. export market. In addition to continued demand for
traditional products such as soybeans and cotton, there has also been strong demand for
high-value, high-quality products such as meat as well as consumer-ready foods including
nuts and dairy products.
      USDA news release

choice of a Browning Citori Satin Hunter 12-ga. shotgun (provided by Sprague’s Sports);
7.2 cu. ft. chest freezer (donated by Sears Commercial) plus $250 in meat (provided by UA
Collegiate Cattle Growers’); 2 Nights Stay plus Championship Golf for 2 (donated by
WIGWAM Golf Resort and Spa); Stihl chainsaw package (donated by Fisher’s Tools); or a
Case/IH pedal tractor (donated by Booth Machinery).

Tickets are $10/each or 6 for $50. Drawing will be held Nov. 11 at AZFB annual meeting;
need not be present to win.

For tickets or more information, please contact Bonnie Jones at 480-635-3615 or

County Fall Farmer Field Day is being held at the Maricopa Ag Center October 19 from
7am – 12:15 pm
Registration begins at 7:30am.
Agenda below:
     Irrigation cut-off effects on alfalfa, Dr. Mike Ottman
     Advanced cotton strains testing program, Dr. Randy Norton
     Switchgrass and other perennial grasses: Responses to irrigation, Dr. Mike Ottman
     Cotton yield response to low plant populations according to different distribution
       patterns, Dr. Sam Wang
     Height to node ratios & precision farming to optimize cotton chemical inputs, Dr.
       Pedro Andrade, Sensor technology
     Lygus & whitefly reduced risk chemical controls, Dr. Peter Ellsworth
     Irrigation and fertilization strategies for forage sorghum and sweet sorghum, Drs.
       Mike Ottman (UA) & Doug Hunsaker (USDA-ALARC)
     The genetic basis of physiological responses to heat and drought stress in cotton,
       Drs. Michael Gore & Mike Salvucci (USDA-ALARC)

   Lunch is at 12:15p
   RSVP to Monica Pastor via email at or call her at 602-827-
   8200 ext. 317.

CONSERVATION FINANCIAL HELP---The Natural Resources Conservation Service
in Arizona is accepting applications for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program
(EQIP) and Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP), with an application deadline of
Oct. 1. NRCS will review applications received by this date and rank them for fiscal year
2011 funding.

NRCS Arizona helped farmers and ranchers with a broad spectrum of natural resource
enhancements in 2010, including increasing irrigation efficiency, nutrient and manure
management on dairies, grazing land management, wildlife habitat, forest management and
more. The funding was used on infrastructure items such as underground drip irrigation and
livestock watering systems, as well as incentive payments for proper management to
achieve environmental benefits.

Agriculture producers are encouraged to apply throughout the year for EQIP, WHIP, and
other Farm Bill programs administered by NRCS. ―The Oct. 1 deadline is simply so we set
a time to review and rank applications for funding,‖ said David McKay, NRCS state
    conservationist. ―Farmers and ranchers can apply whenever they are ready to plan
    improvements to their land’s natural resources. Additional application ranking deadlines
    may be announced throughout the year.‖

    EQIP is the program in which NRCS provides the most funding assistance to Arizona’s
    farmers and ranchers. More than $16.5 million was allocated in Arizona for fiscal year
    2010. WHIP was not used in 2010 as much as in previous years, with the 2008 Farm Bill
    restricting use on public lands. ―With the amount of Tribal land in Arizona, I highly
    encourage Tribal governments and Tribal land permit-holders to inquire about WHIP,‖ said

    In addition to EQIP and WHIP, other Farm Bill programs may be available later in the
    fiscal year to help Arizona agriculture. Organic farmers can take advantage of a special
    EQIP program for use only with certified organic growers and those wanting to transition
    to organic production. The 2008 Farm Bill also authorized a special program to help
    agriculture producers with air quality concerns. NRCS will put out more information on the
    organic and air quality programs during the coming months.

    NRCS has 24 field offices throughout Arizona with experts ready to help farmers and
    ranchers get the best use out of the land’s natural resources. Visit the web at to learn more about the technical and financial help NRCS provides.

    ---PUT DEATH TAXES TO REST! ---The time for Congress to act on Estate
    Taxes is slipping fast. Our final effort must occur this fall! Arizona Farm Bureau and
    AFBF are issuing a call-to-action. Arizona Farm Bureau recommends calling our
    Congressional delegation:

   Contact Arizona’s Democratic delegation (phone numbers and emails below) to the U.S.
    House of Representatives. Regardless of whether you live in their district or not, they need
    to hear from agriculture. Please call or email all five.

                   Ann Kirkpatrick (D)
          (Legislative director for Kirkpatrick)

                   Ed Pastor (D)
          (Legislative director for Pastor)

                   Harry Mitchell (D)
          (Legislative director)

                   Raul Grijalva (D)
          (Agriculture & Taxes)

                   Gabrielle Giffords
          (Legislative Assist; ag, labor & transportation)

    The success of this campaign continues to hinge on action from you and your experiences
    as a farm, ranch and dairy owner. If you write out your personal story, Arizona Farm
    Bureau will submit to AFBF for compilation with other farm and ranch stories across the
    country. Send stories to Julie Murphree via email at
Mark Saturday, October 9th from 10am to 4pm on your calendar. If you live near the AJ’s
on Lone Mountain & Scottsdale Road, you’ll want to stop by. They’re hosting an
Epicurean Market that will feature more than 25 booths featuring specialty foods, sauces
and spices from local artisans.

COOPERATIVE EXTENSION--- The Cooperative Extension is hiring two Agricultural
Agents. Candidates need a minimum of a Masters degree. One Agent will be placed in the
Maricopa County office in Phoenix and the other will be in the Pinal County office in Casa
Grande. Please distribute this information to anyone you feel is qualified. The job
information can be found at
140296 . The job number is 45860. Thanks for any help you can give us in getting quality

SCF ARIZONA client you may want to go to and look for their new tabbed
banner providing information on quotes, policy management, ASP enrollment, safety
videos and employer’s protection. The information banner provides linked tabs to the five
different areas. Go to and look for the SCF Arizona Banner on the home
page, located on the right.

---WPS TRAIN-THE-TRAINER WORKSHOP----The Arizona Department of
Agriculture announces the upcoming Worker Protection Standard (WPS) Train-the-Trainer
(TTT) Workshop scheduled for October 6, 2010 (Spanish session) and October 7, 2010
(English session) in Yuma at Booth Machinery. This workshop qualifies individuals to be
trainers of Agricultural Workers and/or Pesticide Handlers on the Worker Protection

Check in time for the workshop begins at 7:30 a.m. with the workshop beginning promptly
at   8:00 a.m. The workshop ends at 4:30 p.m. with the administration of the exam.

During the afternoon of workshop we will offer a refresher course for people who wish to
renew their certification. Those interested must be currently certified or have their
certification expired for no more than 30 days. This refresher course will begin at 1 P.M.
Please register upon arrival.
The ½ day Refresher Course is now available to current licensed pest control advisors
(PCAs) or agricultural certified applicators (PUP/PUC) wishing to obtain their WPS trainer
certification either before or after signing the one year WPS Trainer agreement.

Who must be in Compliance?
Anyone who uses pesticides and has employees is potentially subject to the requirements of
the WPS. If using pesticides on a farm, forest, nursery, or greenhouse you need to
understand and follow the requirements of the WPS. The WPS is a federal law; however,
most states, as is the case in Arizona, have adopted the federal standard along with some
additional specific state requirements. (The additional requirements will vary from state to

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for certified applicators PUP/PUC &
PCAs: 7 hours for full day and 3 hours for afternoon refresher course

To register, please submit the attached pre-registration form no later than October 1, 2010 to
Delia Rodriguez at 602.542. 0957 or email her at This is an EPA-
sponsored event and is free.
AGRICULTURAL GOLF TOURNAMENT--- Individuals can now register online for
the golf tournament benefitting Arizona Farm Bureau’s Agriculture in the Classroom by
going to and going to the ―Top Issues‖ section of the website. The event will
take place November 10th at the Raven at South Mountain Golf Course. The event will fill
with 36 teams. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to win one of several Hole-In-One
prizes including a new Ford Pick-Up donated by the Arizona Ford Dealer’s Association

Breakfast is being served at 7:00am courtesy of Hickman’s Family Farms and Pigs For
Farmer John. Shotgun start is at 8:00am. The event will conclude with lunch and an awards
ceremony recognizing our top 3 teams, men’s longest drive, women’s longest drive and
closest to the pin. For more information visit the Ag in the Classroom page at or contact Katie Aikins at 480.635.3608 or

Grainger has the products and solutions to help you stay on top of your key safety issues.
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Good news! Effective immediately, Farm Bureau members will receive a 10%
discount on an oil change, plus a FREE car wash at the two Jiffy Lube locations in

      790 E 32nd Street, Yuma               928.344.5359
      900 S 4th Avenue, Yuma                928-783-8670

Most other Jiffy Lube locations statewide will give a 15% discount on an oil
change. For more information, call 480.635.3609.

 ---HALL OF FAME SEEKS NOMINEES--- Arizona’s Farming & Ranching Hall of
Fame is seeking nominations of pioneers who have led the way in the field of agriculture.
To be eligible nominees must be individuals who have been associated directly with
farming and ranching, or who are part of the farming and ranching community in the fields
of education, business or the sciences. Nominations are encouraged from all corners of the

Each year an impartial panel of judges selects seven honorees, five living and two
posthumous, to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Deadline for nominations is October 1,
2010. The 2011 inductees will be introduced at the Fourth Annual Honoree Dinner on Feb
26, at the Estrella Vista Reception Center in Avondale.

Please address nominations and supporting material to the Arizona Farming Ranching Hall
of Fame in care of the Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce, 289 N. Litchfield Rd.,
Goodyear, AZ 85338.

Nominating applications are available at by e-mailing Carole
De Cosmo at or calling her at (623) 695-9614.

The Arizona Farming & Ranching Hall of Fame will be a permanent exhibit of the
Arizona’s Farm and Ranch Experience Heritage Center at Lakin Farm ─ Preserving the
Legacy. The grounds will replicate a 20th century farm, allowing visitors to learn about
Arizona’s rich agricultural history. There will be a covered pavilion, exhibition space for
4-H and FFA students to show their livestock, an 8,000-square-foot farming and ranching
museum and a terrace café. The facility is expected to open in 2012 on 40 acres of land
near the Gila River in Avondale.

Eligible Arizona Farm Bureau members can get a $500 rebate toward the purchase of new
Ford vehicles (standard exclusions apply).
            You must be a member of the Arizona Farm Bureau for at least 60 days
               prior to date of delivery to be eligible for this rebate.
            To obtain your certificate and verify membership go to
      The Farm Bureau
               member must present the certificate and membership card to the dealer at
               time of purchase
            To redeem, take your certificate to your Ford dealer. The $500 rebate will
               be applied to the deal at the time of purchase.
            Compatible with some other promotions and incentives.
            Rebate is limited to five (5) vehicles per year per member.
           o Exclusions are Mustang Shelby GT/GT500, Edge SE AWD, F-150 Raptor,
               Taurus SE, Focus S and Fiesta S.
            This rebate incentive program began June 2, 2010 and is valid 365 days
               after purchase of an eligible vehicle if the Arizona Farm Bureau member
               was qualified to receive the rebate at the time of purchase. In this situation,
               Arizona Ford Dealers Association will pay $500 to the Farm Bureau
               member directly.

For more information, call Peggy Jo Goodfellow at 480.635.3609 or email

MEMBERSHIP---Effective immediately, members can renew their Farm Bureau
membership and update personal information online at You
will need your member number and last name or business name as it appears on your
membership card. You will be prompted to enter your credit card information (VISA,
MasterCard and American Express accepted).

You can also direct friends and relatives to the site to join so they can start enjoying the
benefits of Farm Bureau membership today!

For more information, contact Paula Jensen at 480.635.3605 or email

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For more information, contact Farm Bureau Director of Public Relations Julie
Murphree at 480.635.3607 or

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