The July 16 passage of H.R. 2898 - the Western Water and American Food Security Act of 2015 (HR 2898) - is a positive step toward legislation that could bring common sense to supply water and protect listed species, according to the Westlands Water District (WWD).
The district says the legislation demonstrates the possibility to advance legislation that can balance the needs of people and the environment....More
Kurt Davis is the new Arizona Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) chairman for the agency’s 2015-2016 fiscal year.
Davis, who took office July 1, succeeds Robert Mansell who will continue to serve on the commission until his successor is appointed by the governor and confirmed by the state Senate.
"Serving on a commission dedicated to conserving and protecting Arizona's wildlife - more than 800 species - is an honor of a lifetime,” Davis said....More
Today I wrote down on the white board I use for planning purposes what I think NASS will come out with tomorrow when the objective almond forecast is released.
No… I’m not going to publish it just yet. I will truthfully reveal my guess in a future blog. You’ll just have to trust me....More
Mark Killian, tapped in April as the new director of the Arizona Department of Agriculture (ADA), is quickly finding a new home with his rural constituents on the issues and challenges which lay ahead for the Grand Canyon State’s $17 billion farming industry.
The Killian family has deep Arizona farming roots with more than a century in production agriculture.
“Agriculture has been a part of my life – I love it,” said Killian, who grows cotton, wheat, and alfalfa and raises beef on about 1,700 acres in the state....More
Topcon Positioning Systems has announced its national exemption from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that allows for the operation of its unmanned aerial system (UAS) in the U.S.
The exemption covers the operation of the company’s Sirius Basic and Sirius Pro for aerial data collection. ...More
Mark Killian was appointed by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey April 10 as the new director of the Arizona Department of Agriculture (ADA).
Killian succeeds retired ADA director Don Butler.
In announcing the state’s new agriculture chief, Governor Ducey said, “Mark brings decades of unique public service and private sector experience, and his extensive and successful background in farming and ranching will be hugely valuable in this role. He’s a welcome addition to this department and our administration.”...More
In recent months, two speakers at major farm industry events held in the West shared their thoughts on the proposed mandatory labeling of food products grown with genetically-modified traits.
The speakers included y included: James Borel, executive vice-president of the DuPont company; and Alison Van Eenennaam, University of California, Davis Cooperative Extension specialist who specializes in animal genomics and biotechnology....More