GROWING MARICOPA Publication of the Maricopa County Farm Bureau by liaoqinmei


A Publication of the Maricopa County Farm Bureau                                                       April 2010

Sales Tax Increase – Yes or No?                                                  Copper, Other Metal
    Learn More at Farm-City Breakfasts                                           Thefts Hit Farms Again
   On May 18, Arizona voters will be asked to approve a temporary three-           Reports are coming in to the
year sales tax increase of one cent per dollar spent. This would bring about     Maricopa County Farm Bureau
$940 million to the cash-strapped state budget the first year.                   of thefts of copper, stainless
   Maricopa County Farm Bureau (MCFB) members are invited to hear the            steel and other metals from
pros and cons of the tax increase at a local Farm-City Partnership Breakfast     farms and dairies around the
in April. Brief presentations in favor of the tax will be given by the “Yes on   county. This is reminiscent of
100” Campaign and presentations against the tax will come from the               the rash of copper wire thefts
National Federation of Independent Business and Americans for Prosperity.        that stripped irrigation wells and
    There will be five breakfasts, one in each of the County Supervisor          caused hundreds of thousands of
districts. The events are co-hosted by MCFB, the University of Arizona           dollars in damage in 2007.
Cooperative Extension for Maricopa County and the County Supervisors.               The most unusual metal theft
All of the big, country breakfasts are held outdoors at a farm.                  this year was of several stainless
   Here is the schedule, in chronological order:                                 steel milking machine claws
                                                                                 from a dairy near Buckeye.
 Tuesday, April 6 – District 4 (Northwest valley) with Supervisor                  In the event of a theft of this
Max Wilson at Brooks Farms, 3900 N. Citrus Rd., Goodyear                         type, MCFB advises reporting it
 Thursday, April 22 – District 1 (Southeast valley) with Supervisor             to the local law enforcement
Fulton Brock at Schrader Farms, 575 E. Ryan Rd., Chandler                        agency and calling the MCFB
 Tuesday, April 27 – District 2 (Northeast valley) with Supervisor Don          office at 602-437-1330 so we
Stapley at The Corn Patch, southeast corner of Center and Brown Rd., Mesa        can compile a list of thefts and
 Thursday, April 29 – District 5 (Southwest valley) with Supervisor             show the overall picture to law
Mary Rose Wilcox at Boschma Dairy, 8808 W. Broadway, Tolleson                    enforcement agencies.
 Friday, April 30 – District 3 (North central valley) with Supervisor
Andy Kunasek at Tatum Farm, 4421 E. Grovers Ave., Phoenix                        MCFB Leaders Travel
   All breakfasts begin at 7:00 a.m.                                             for Leadership Training
   Agricultural producers are invited, along with representatives from cities       President Adam Hatley, 1st
and towns, schools and the business community. MCFB President Adam               Vice President Bill Kerr,
Hatley asks Farm Bureau members to be sure to attend and to bring a              Director at Large Paul Van
neighbor along, whether that neighbor is a farmer or a city resident.            Hofwegen, Women’s Leadership
   An RSVP is required five business days before the breakfast you plan to       Committee (WLC) Chair Sheila
attend. Call your RSVP to the MCFB office at 602-437-1330.                       Van Hofwegen, WLC member
                ------------------------------                                   Sine Kerr and Executive
PM10 and BMPs – Changes Are in the Works                                         Director Jeannette Fish attended
   New Best Management Practices programs for control of particulate             Farm Bureau’s Western Region
matter (PM10 ) have been outlined for beef feedlots, dairies and large hog-      Leadership Conference in Reno,
raising and egg-laying operations in Arizona non-attainment areas. This is       Nev., the first week in March. In
a major expansion of the BMP program for crop farms that has been in             three days of workshops, they
place since 2001.                                                                learned about county Farm
   Staff from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality and                Bureau program planning,
Maricopa Association of Governments are reviewing the proposed BMPs              policy development, running
and their effectiveness for dust control.                                        effective meetings, testifying
   At the same time, a new category of BMPs has been proposed for major          before a committee, how to be
agricultural earthmoving. This includes major land leveling projects, plus       good committee chairs and how
creation, maintenance and relocation of ditches, canals, irrigation lines,       to run effective meetings.
tailwater recovery systems (ag sumps), etc. Routine “touch-up” levelling            Sine Kerr said the group got a
in preparation for planting is not included in this new category. Watch for      lot of practical information and
details on these new BMPs as they move through the approval process.             experienced hands on learning
   Also, Maricopa County has revised its ordinance governing off-road            with real-life scenarios. “I really
vehicle use to set penalties for trespassing. If you can catch trespassers,      enjoyed the Women’s Leader-
they can be prosecuted. Penalties start with a $100 fine for the first offense   ship Committee session because
and move up to a Class 3 misdemeanor for the third offense.                      we got so many ideas for what
   Lastly, county air quality inspectors are issuing Notices of Violation to     we can do to better our Farm
farmers for trackout of soil onto paved roads. Fines of $1,000 have been         Bureau and it made me realize
levied and larger fines are being demanded. County rules require trackout        the importance of what we
be cleaned up immediately if it is more than 25 feet long; by the end of the     (women) contribute to the
day if it is less than 25 feet long.                                             organization,” she explained.
File ADWR Reports Online –The Arizona Department of Water Resources is not mailing the 2009 annual water
withdrawal and use reports to farmers this year. This is their first step in going “paper-less.” Water right holders have two
choices for filing the reports: File online at; or go to ADWR and ask for assistance in filing.
USDA Loans for Cold Storage – USDA’s Farm Storage Facility Loan program has been amended to allow
producers to build cold storage facilities to store fresh fruits and vegetables. This can be used to build new structures,
install new walk-in coolers, new permanent cooling equipment, etc. Loans of up to $500,000 can be repaid in seven, 10 or
12 years. For more information, contact the local Farm Service Agency office in Avondale at 623-535-5005.
We Need Your Help at County Fair –                 Maricopa County Farm Bureau volunteers staff the “Farmer for a Day”
and “Milk Maker” activity, where children make the connection between farming and the food they eat by digging for
potatoes, picking corn and oranges, finding eggs in the henhouse and milking a cow. “This activity grows more popular
each year and we teach thousands of children that food has to grow on a farm before they can buy it in the grocery store,”
said MCFB Women’s Leadership Committee chair Sheila Van Hofwegen. “We need 32 volunteers to make this happen,
so please sign up today.” Call the MCFB office at 602-437-1330 to choose your shift.
YF&R Conference in Tulsa –              Five Young Farmers and Ranchers from Maricopa County travelled to Oklahoma
for the national YF&R Leadership Conference in February. Brett Hunt, Dean Rovey, Catherine Miller, Eric Rovey and
Tamara Rovey enjoyed meeting other young farmers from around the country, learning more about Farm Bureau and
opportunities for them in the organization, and seeing examples of agriculture in the Sooner State. If you would like to be
more involved with YF&R and attend this conference in 2011, please contact Jeannette Fish at the MCFB office.
Opportunity for Teachers – Summer Agricultural Institute is a five-day hands-on, on-site learning experience for
teachers, who can earn up to 48 CEU hours for learning how to incorporate agriculture into their classrooms, all for only
$125. Please spread the word to all the teachers you know. Final application deadline is May 1. More information at
Save the Date – The Arizona Women in Agriculture Conference will be held June 3 and 4 at The Buttes Resort in
Tempe. The theme is “Misson: Possible.” Speakers include Betty Wolanyk, who will ask, “Are You Smarter than an
Activist?” and Charlie Arnot speaking on “Consumers are from Venus, Farms are from Mars.” These speakers will help
agriculturalists speak up for what is good in modern food production. Workshops will also be offered on social media,
photography, writing grants and leadership. Hosts for the conference are: Arizona Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership
Committee, University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Arizona Cattlewomen (Cowbelles).
GROWING MARICOPA is a publication of the Maricopa County Farm Bureau, 4001 E. Broadway, # B-9, Phoenix, AZ 85040.
For more information or address changes, contact Jeannette Fish at (602) 437-1330 or e-mail

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                Learn more about                                                                        PERMIT # 79

             proposed tax increase at
              Farm-City Breakfast!


   Workers Compensation Group, pays extra dividend                Farm Bureau Financial Services agents offer insurance,
    to members with clean safety records                            investments, etc., on the farm or in town
   Group purchase program for propane offers                      Discount on Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance
    major discounts                                                Farm Bureau Bank online & FB credit card
   20% Discount at Sheplers Western Wear                          Discounts at Sea World, Knott’s Berry Farm, Universal
   10% Discount at Grainger                                        Studios & Verde Canyon Railroad
   25% Discount on Frazee paint                                   Discounts at Choice & Wyndham hotels
   Lobbying professionals at local, state and                     Discounts on Avis and Budget rental cars
    federal levels                                                 Discount on pre-purchased Harkins Theatres tickets
   Young Farmer and Rancher Program                               Discounts at Advanced Auto Service & Jiffy Lube
   Women’s Leadership Program                                     Discounts on appliances from
   Ag in the Classroom teaches children about farming             And many more … Call MCFB for details

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