Agriculture & Farming

Wilcox Greenhouse Uses Artificial Intelligence To Grow Tomatoes

  Via A huge greenhouse facility north of Willcox is growing tomatoes. But they’re not using traditional methods to produce the crops: they’re using artificial intelligence. This kind of high-tech farming will grow our future food. Walking into tomato company NatureSweet’s greenhouse is like walking into Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. The long hall between the growhouses bustles with workers moving tomatoes and shouting directions. The general manager, Gustavo Vera,

Maricopa County Taxman Targets Medical Marijuana Businesses

Via Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen is cracking down on medical-marijuana businesses he says are evading as much as $1.5 million in property taxes each year by failing to report the value of the equipment they use. Only 11 of 109 medical-marijuana businesses this year submitted itemized lists of their equipment to the Assessor’s Office to be taxed as required by law, he said. And from 2010, when the

New Agricultural Law Course Fills Longtime Void In Arizona

Via Agriculture has long been an important part of Arizona’s economy. Thanks to a member of the Phoenix area’s most influential farming families, agricultural law will be taught at an Arizona law school for the first time this fall. Richard Morrison, who for decades has practiced and taught law in Arizona and has overseen several prominent family-owned agricultural enterprises, will teach the agricultural law class at the Sandra Day

How Trump's Trade Policy Could Hit Your Bar Tab

Via President Donald Trump’s attempts to boost domestic metal production could make your booze more expensive. The Trump administration is currently considering administrative action to make American steel and aluminum production — two industries that have long suffered in the face of foreign competition — more robust, including possible tariffs, taxes or restrictions on imported products, according to Trump administration officials and industry sources. Those moves could lead foreign

Immigration Policies Impact On Local Agriculture

Via YUMA, Ariz. – It was last week when President Donald Trump joined with Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) to endorse the RAISE Act. The RAISE Act would reduce immigration levels and the amount of green cards awarded to nationals each year. All on the basis of a merit-based system. “This competitive application process will favor applicants who can speak English, financially support themselves and

Yuma Plants A Seed For Its Future

Via For generations the men and women that drive Yuma County’s agriculture industry have done what they can to make sure Americans stayed fed. But, there’s one commodity that they just couldn’t grow and that’s a workforce. University of Arizona Tanya Hodges says years ago a group of farmers decided to go a little greener in the form of pitching in to send future agriculture leaders to school. The

AI Improves Tomato Harvests in AZ

Via More and more, farmers are using tech to improve crop growth, from data-driven approaches to using drones to increase yields. And now, artificial intelligence (AI) is in the mix. NatureSweet grows tomatoes on six farms in both the U.S. and Mexico, and began testing AI almost a year ago at one of its farms in Arizona to better control pests and diseases in its greenhouses. The technology has

NB|AZ Creates 1st VP Of Agribusiness Lending

Via National Bank of Arizona (NB|AZ), a division of Zions Bancorporation, has appointed Howard Barrett as Vice President of Agribusiness Lending. Barrett brings extensive agribusiness lending experience with a focus on the southwestern agricultural sector. “It is a great opportunity to be a part of the NB|AZ Corporate Banking team, leveraging my professional experience in agricultural credit,” said Barrett. “We plan to pursue specialty lending opportunities in the agribusiness market. Our

Via PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona rancher who fought for years to retain sole use of his “Bar 7” cattle brand won a big victory Thursday in the Arizona Supreme Court when the court ruled the state did not have the legal right to let another cattle company use it to brand its cows. The unanimous court ruling said the state violated a decades-old law that bars an identical

Art, Plants And Time Turn a P.V. Horse Property Into A Private Nature Retreat

Via The backyard to Rick and Barbara Rosenberg’s cool home is part outdoor museum, part botanical garden and part arty natural preserve Wide gravel pathways meander between Texas ebony and ironwood trees and cacti of all shapes and sizes. Spiny lizards and Gambel’s quail scatter underneath thorny shrubs. Shaded benches invite visitors to relax and commune with nature, but those who keep walking will discover more than a dozen