Agriculture & Farming

ASU Given Nearly $1M To Explore Food Waste Solutions

Via PHOENIX — Even if you finish everything on your plate, food in your house may still be getting wasted. Consumers often overbuy resulting in perishable items being thrown out, and food they don’t buy that just sits at a store gets wasted as well. To explore solutions to food waste, Arizona State University is getting nearly $1 million from the USDA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative. “In Arizona and

Merger Shows Medical Marijuana Growth In Arizona

Via Harvest, a national medical marijuana operator, has merged with Modern Flower, a leading Arizona cultivator and wholesale cannabis supplier, making it the largest cannabis supply operation in the state. The merger gives the company more dispensary licenses and cultivation facilities than any other provider in Arizona. Americans for Safe Access is working to make cannabis available to all who need it as medicine. Harvest is one of only

Arizona Farmer Testifies Regulators Hinder, More Than Help, Organics

Via WASHINGTON (CRONKITE) – An Arizona organic farmer told lawmakers Thursday that an advisory panel that is supposed to help the Agriculture Department develop standards is instead creating a sense of “uncertainty” in the future of the organic market. Theojary Crisantes Jr. said in testimony for the Senate Agriculture Committee that the National Organic Standards Board has become a “driving force behind specific standards deemed appropriate, or in my

Arizona Food Prices Down 6 Percent In 2Q

Via PHOENIX — Arizona retail food prices at the supermarket were down in the second quarter of 2017, according to the latest Arizona Farm Bureau Federation Marketbasket Survey. The informal survey shows the total cost of 16 basic grocery items was $46.06, down $3.10 or about 6 percent less than the first quarter of 2017 ($49.16). Compared to Arizona’s June 2016 second-quarter survey total of $49.26, the 2017 second-quarter Marketbasket survey

NEW HEMP HAVEN? Arizona’s Bill to Legalize

Via A bill to legalize industrialized hemp in Arizona is winding its way through the state legislature. The state senate’s version of the bill, SB 1337, has garnered wide bipartisan support, with sponsors such as Sonny Borrelli (R-Lake Havasu City) and Minority Whip Lupe Contreras (D) of the Phoenix metroplex’s District 19. The bill would legalize the cultivation, distribution and sale of industrial hemp. It would also empower the

Arizona-Grown Melon Prices Higher Than Usual

Via Fourth of July weekend — a good time for selling fireworks, flag-themed clothing and watermelons. Arizona melon prices are well above normal for the summer crowd. While that may not be so great for consumers, it’s a boon for Central Arizona growers who are right now harvesting watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydews. Cantaloupes and honeydews especially are selling a few dollars higher than usual at market, due to what

Robots Are Already Taking Farm Workers' Jobs

Via Immigrants do the majority of California’s field labor. But as demand grows, workers are becoming scarce. It’s hard for field-workers to come to the U.S. legally. It’s dangerous for them to come illegally. The people working the fields now are getting older, and younger workers want different jobs. Robots are already taking farm workers’ jobs At Lakeside Organic Gardens, a vegetable farm on California’s central coast, field-workers bundled

General Cannabis Corp Acquires GC Finance Arizona, LLC

Via DENVER, June 09, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — General Cannabis Corp (OTCQB:CANN) announced today the acquisition of GC Finance Arizona, LLC (“GC Arizona”) from Infinity Capital West, LLC (“Infinity Capital”), according to a press release. GC Arizona owns two primary assets: 1) a 50% LLC membership interest in DB Products Arizona, LLC (“DB Arizona”) and 2) a secured promissory note with DB Arizona in the amount of $825,000, plus

Gila Valley Rotary Teaches Africans Sustainable Agriculture

Via Researchers and scientists from eight African nations visited the University of Arizona Safford Agricultural Center last week as part of a six-day tour of Arizona. Ag Center Director Randy Norton outlined the farm’s operations for his international guests. Their itinerary also included stops at Glenbar Gin and Sun Pumps. Arranged through the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program, the tour’s theme was “Our Planet: Sustainable Agriculture and

Arizona Seed Industry Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Via In the early 1990s, Arizona crop seed industry leaders gathered in the Grand Canyon State to tackle a front-burner issue as some commercial farm seed sales were charged a State of Arizona state sales tax while others were not. Seed leaders hired a lobbyist and worked in unison with state lawmakers to generate legislation to eliminate state sales taxes on farm seeds. This issue and its solution led