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Williams’ To Receive Arizona FFA Blue And Gold Award

 

Via westernfarmpress.com

Over the last 20-plus years, Williams has been a leader in the Arizona Agricultural Education-FFA Foundation as a founder, treasurer for two years, president for four years, and continuing active board member.

In addition, he and his wife Judy have personally funded scholarships that have benefited dozens of agriculture students.

For this commitment, Ken and Judy Williams have been selected as the recipients of the 2018 Blue and Gold Award to be presented at the 2nd annual Blue and Gold Gala Jan. 27 at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass in Chandler, Ariz.

 

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ASU Gets $60k To Build Robotic Fish To Solve Problem In Arizona Canals

Via abc15.com

MESA, AZ – SRP is funding a $60,000 research project at ASU to develop robotic fish to cut and clear weeds growing below the surface of Valley canals.

“We’ve had vegetation issues in the canal system since the canal started,” said SRP environmental specialist Brian Moorhead.

The utility company currently adds White Amur fish, also known as Grass Carp, to eat sago pondweed that can displace and slow down water flow.

 

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Arizona Farmers Can’t Find Workers

 

Via kvoa.com

Arizona farmers and ranchers are coming up short in their search for workers. Many Americans are not attracted to the remote lifestyle, manual labor and long hours the job demands.

Farm operators have turned to H2-A visas, which allows farmers to employ foreign, temporary agriculture workers.

There are about 20,000 farmers in Arizona. There are less than 5,800 certified H2-A workers. One complaint from farmers is that the application demand is higher than what the government allows.

 

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USDA Grant Supports Native Agriculture In Arizona

 

Via kjzz.org

First Nations Development Institute announced a new two year federal grant in Arizona, dedicated to funding beginning farmers and ranchers.

First Nations is partnering with Native-led livestock associations in the San Carlos Apache, Fort Apache and Navajo reservation communities. The approximate $300,000 grant from the USDA is geared toward training.

Tiffany Hammer is with First Nations Development Institute. She said federal grants are critical.

 

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Arizona Farming’s Future – Automated Technology

 

Via westernfarmpress.com

There were so many doctors on the speaker’s panel it looked and sounded like a medical convention. And in a sense, it was as the subject matter dealt with the health of an industry – ‘The Future of Arizona Agriculture: 10 Years and Beyond.’

Discussing challenges and opportunities to emerging niches and technology innovations, the 12 panelists had PhD’s in their areas of specialty at the conference sponsored by the University of Arizona College of Agriculture & Life Sciences.

 

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Agribusiness Contributes $23.3 Billion To State’s Economy

Via westernfarmpress.com

The economic contribution of Arizona agribusiness (agriculture) to the Grand Canyon State’s economy has pole vaulted to a record $23.3 billion, according to a University of Arizona (U of A) report released Nov. 3 to farmers and ranchers gathered at the 2017 Arizona Farm Bureau annual meeting at Mesa.

The impressive growth spurt represents a 26 percent increase from the $17.1 billion value reported by the U of A in 2011; and a 60-percent plus increase from the university’s $8.8 billion value tabulated in 2000.

The $23.3 billion value is based on 2014 data, and includes sales (output) based on four sectors of agriculture:

 

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East Valley’s Last Dairy Farmers Look To Develop 860 Acres, Leave Area

 

Via azcentral.com

As he looks out at acre after acre of his dairy farm, Jim Boyle Jr. is not wistful at the idea of leaving the land his family has farmed for 40 years. He’s hopeful.

“The East Valley had a large number of dairies, and they’ve all been replaced by development,” he said. “Which, you know, is good in a lot of ways, most of those guys were able to sell their land and build bigger dairies.”

Boyle Jr.’s dairy is one of five in the neighborhood near southeast Mesa involved in a massive, 860 acre zoning request. It’s a critical juncture for the dairymen: They need to decide whether to stay in the area or go. Equipment is aging and it’s time to expand, to milk more cows to keep up with an industry gone global.

 

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University of Arizona Opens Centre For Biofuels And Bioproducts Research

 

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The University of Arizona has received a five-year grant of up to $15 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to lead a new centre focusing on the mass production of biofuels and bioproducts in the Southwestern U.S.

Kimberly Ogden, director of the UA Institute for Energy Solutions and a professor in the College of Engineering, will head the Sustainable Bioeconomy for Arid Regions Center. The goals of the centre include addressing the nation’s needs for biofuels and bioproducts, strengthening Arizona’s bioeconomy – the parts of the economy that use renewable biological resources such as crops or algae – and providing training for the next generation of scientists and engineers.

“Researchers at the University of Arizona are ideally positioned to solve complex environmental and economic problems,” said UA President Robert C. Robbins. “This grant will help us work alongside the community, industry and partner universities across the Southwest to grow our region’s economy while finding cleaner and more sustainable energy sources for the future.”

 

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UA To Head New Center Focusing On Biofuels And Bioproducts

 

Via uanews.arizona.edu

The University of Arizona has received a five-year grant of up to $15 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to lead a new center focusing on the mass production of biofuels and bioproducts in the Southwestern U.S.

Kimberly Ogden, director of the UA Institute for Energy Solutions and a professor in the College of Engineering, will head the Sustainable Bioeconomy for Arid Regions Center. The goals of the center include addressing the nation’s needs for biofuels and bioproducts, strengthening Arizona’s bioeconomy — the parts of the economy that use renewable biological resources such as crops or algae — and providing training for the next generation of scientists and engineers.

“Researchers at the University of Arizona are ideally positioned to solve complex environmental and economic problems,” said UA President Robert C. Robbins. “This grant will help us work alongside the community, industry and partner universities across the Southwest to grow our region’s economy while finding cleaner and more sustainable energy sources for the future.”

 

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Apache Solar Project To Provide Solar Energy To Cochise County And Beyond

 

Via willcoxrangenews.com

Rep. Martha McSally gives the keynote address during Friday’s Apache Solar Project dedication, near Cochise. McSally called the project a “great example of member-driven co-ops, from the bottom up, figuring out ways to provide reliable power to the community, instead of top-down bureaucrats telling them what to do.”

State Rep. Drew John, R-Safford, and U.S. Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., took part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Apache Solar Project, near Cochise, last week. The electric power from the project’s 77,000 solar panels now flows into a transformer at the Apache Generating Station, and from there, to the power grid.

Now, when the sun shines over the Willcox Playa, near Cochise, it also shines “across more than 77,000 solar panels at the Apache Solar Project,” located on the Playa’s west boundary.

 

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