Farm and Ranch
CASA GRANDE -- The new student-run country market store at Casa Grande Union High School has giant turkeys and has been a giant opportunity for students to gain valuable business experience. Not only do students run the register, but they also contribute and produce some of the most popular items.
CASA GRANDE -- The small fish that swim around inside a tank in the classroom at Casa Grande Union High School’s ag lab are mostly for show. Teacher and FFA Adviser Casey Farnsworth jokingly suggested that “maybe they help the students relax.”
CASA GRANDE -- Casa Grande Union High School senior Chloe Lyons is taking advantage of one more opportunity to show off her skills raising lambs, after showing them at the county fair each year of high school.
COOLIDGE — The Coolidge Imagine Prep agriculture students have been busy putting together garden boxes to allow them to plant vegetables that they can then sell at events like a farmers market.
TUCSON — The machine, with sharp teeth and a long metal rod, sounds like a kitchen blender, but this is far from your average appliance.
TEMPE — It’s 72 degrees on a beautiful Thursday morning as the students in Jose-Benito Rosales Chavez’s Urban Food Systems class gather at Spaces of Opportunity, a community garden near 12th Avenue and Baseline Road.
LOS ANGELES — In much of the West and Southwest, the climate crisis is projected to raise average temperatures while reducing snowpack for much of the foreseeable future. These trends will significantly increase the risk of drought in an area heavily dependent on irrigation for food production.
CAMP VERDE – Ignacio Mesa operates a small winery off State Route 260 in Camp Verde where he planted his first vines in 2002. Today, Clear Creek Vineyard & Winery is a 100% sustainable winery from planting to harvesting.
TONOPAH — The Central Arizona Project, which delivers Colorado River water to more than 80% of Arizona’s growing population, is taking a three-pronged approach to the megadrought that has resulted in the first water cutbacks to Arizona farmers.
CASA GRANDE — Arizona rivers and reservoirs saw record low water levels last year as megadrought and rising temperatures continue. The forecast for 2022 isn’t much better.
TEMPE — The future of farming is growing in a white shipping container on a tucked-away corner of Arizona State University’s Polytechnic campus.
TEMPE — Searching for ancient Aztec houses, archaeologist Michael E. Smith began exploring the terraced landscape of Calixtlahuaca, in central Mexico, more than 15 years ago.
SUSANVILLE, Calif. — Cattle farmers in California have been handed a devastating blow to their industry following multiple dry years in a row that have left the state in a drought and forced farmers to downsize their livestock.
MARICOPA — In the race to develop new technologies and methods to support sustainable agriculture and imperiled ecosystems, scientists hope to bring an important voice to the conversation: the plants themselves.
CASA GRANDE — It’s harvest season for Caywood Farms east of Casa Grande. The tractor is gassed up, the swather blades are sharp and Nancy Caywood is ready to farm.
ORACLE — Increasing the resiliency of food production during ongoing climate change and bolstering renewable energy production are both fundamental challenges in today’s world.
ELEVEN MILE CORNER — As the pandemic continued to surge a year ago, gourd grower Waylon Wuertz was in a quandary because with his February gourd festival approaching, vendors were canceling.
WILLCOX — Decades ago, when he was a child growing up in a farming family, Rod Keeling was fascinated by grapes, especially those grown on his grandfather’s farm near Stanfield.
ORO VALLEY — The University of Arizona’s College of Veterinary Medicine is rolling into its second year of teaching and second cohort of future veterinarians with its different approach.
WASHINGTON -- An online tool is now available to help ranchers document and estimate payments to cover feed transportation costs caused by drought, which are now covered by the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-raised Fish Program (ELAP).
FLORENCE — Plentiful rain followed by heat stress weren’t the best things for Pinal County’s cotton crop, but growers are hoping for at least decent yields.
COOLIDGE — With much of Arizona in a drought, the San Carlos Reservoir near Globe is no different and farmers are suffering with little water for their crops.
CASA GRANDE — The COVID-19 pandemic may have temporarily slowed fundraising by Pinal 40 for Pinal County youth activities last year but the organization is hoping to hit a cumulative total of a million dollars distributed to groups, youth scholarships and community grants in the spring.
ELOY — With researchers learning more about growing guayule as a crop, area field day events aim to keep area growers up-to-date on the latest information.
ELOY — The five C’s of Arizona, cotton, cattle, copper, citrus and climate, long were considered top exports and have played important roles in Arizona’s economy. However, the flower industry, specifically roses, have been slowly creating a path to being a bigger cash crop for the state.
ELEVEN MILE CORNER — When school groups visit Caywood Farms, they sing songs, ride behind tractors and learn about life on a farm. Sometimes, they get a chance to milk a cow or picnic in the shadow of a cotton field.
SIGNAL PEAK — Before the pandemic, a large portion of Central Arizona College’s agriculture students were local kids from local farm families, intending to carry on the family business.
The US Forest Service has struck a deal with environmentalists by promising to better monitor cattle in fragile riparian areas in Arizona and New Mexico.
PHOENIX — The state agency responsible for protecting the environment has failed to perform many required tasks in monitoring groundwater for pollution — in some cases for 29 years.
TUCSON -- Coffee, whether leisurely savored at cafes with friends or downed during a morning commute, is a staple of many people's daily routines.
TEMPE -- Phoenix is a rapidly growing metropolitan area in a desert. As the population increases, it will be more and more challenging to supply water, food and energy — three essential resources that are interconnected in complex and competing ways.
TEMPE — Food production depends on phosphorus. It’s an essential nutrient for crops of every kind. And as commercial agriculture has expanded during the past 70 years to feed a growing global population, so has the mining of phosphate rock to produce fertilizers.
PUERTO PENASCO, Mexico -- Arizona State University graduate students and faculty recently traveled to Puerto Peñasco, also known as Rocky Point, in Sonora, Mexico, to obtain real-world experience with water systems in the arid U.S.-Mexico border region as part of a TEAM grant, funded by the …
ELOY — A small, often overlooked shrub could make a big difference in the rubber industry and it could change the face of farming in Pinal County.
AVONDALE — OnePointOne, a Silicon Valley-based AgTech startup, today announced the expansion of its corporate and vertical farming production facilities to Avondale.
FLAGSTAFF -- With water levels in Lake Mead dropping at an alarming rate, the western United States needs to look to other solutions to meet its water needs. That solution can be as simple as changing the way farmers fallow land, which can significantly reduce water usage while not seeing si…
TUCSON — University of Arizona Cooperative Extension will waive state and county program fees for the university's youth development program, Arizona 4-H, for the next year.
ELOY — Can dairy cows go green? Agriculture, and particularly large-scale livestock operations, have come under scrutiny for their environmental footprint, in particular cattle’s more odiferous byproducts. But new innovations could help turn animal waste into part of the solution for a renew…
COOLIDGE — When officials with the Central Arizona Project and Arizona Department of Water Resources announced near-guaranteed CAP water reductions last Thursday, they stressed that the state was prepared for the crisis.
HERMOSILLO, Mexico – On a recent Thursday afternoon on the outskirts of town, a livestock auctioneer is taking bids. A long line of cattle – ribs pushing against taut, ragged hides – slowly makes its way through a maze of corrals toward the front.
TEMPE — If there were ways to produce food with improved environmental outcomes, it would be worth doing everything possible, from education to incentives, to help farmers adopt the methods.
TUCSON -- Even in arid climates where water is scarce, urban farms could be a solution to so called "food deserts" – sections of a city where residents don't have access to healthy and affordable food.
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. -- A coalition of high-profile businesses, including Coors Seltzer and Coca-Cola, as well as the nonprofit Colorado Water Trust have signed up to add additional water for fish, farmers and hydropower generation to a key segment of the drought-stressed Colorado River.
TUCSON — For much of the past century, the invasive pink bollworm wreaked havoc in the southwestern United States and northern Mexico — inflicting tens of millions of dollars in damage annually to cotton on both sides of the border.
PARKER -- The Colorado River Indian Tribes on the western edge of Arizona have the largest share of first-priority Colorado River water rights in the state. Now, the tribal council is proposing to lease some of its water for non-tribal use.