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Yuma County Farm Bureau turns 100Yuma County Farm Bureau turns 100

Yuma County Farm Bureau recognized for century of advocacy on part of local growers

Todd Fitchette

May 8, 2020

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Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar, left, presents a congressional proclamation to Yuma County Farm Bureau President David Sharp, recognizing the local Farm Bureau for a century of service to growers.Todd Fitchette

Across the country the organization formed to give voice to farmers is turning 100, and the latest to celebrate that centennial is the Yuma County Farm Bureau in Arizona.

Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona's 4th Congressional District honored the Yuma County Farm Bureau in a lunchtime meeting with that organization's executive board. Gosar read a proclamation presented recently on the floor of the House. In it he cited a story published in the local newspaper in Jan. 1920, calling farmers to a meeting at the local courthouse to form and organize a farm bureau.

Shortly thereafter the Yuma County Farm Bureau was formed, and since then it has existed to give members tools for success and advocate on behalf of them before state and federal elected bodies.

During his hour-long meeting with Farm Bureau leaders in Yuma, Gosar, a Republican whose district stretches from near the Mexican border and runs the length of Arizona's western boundary with California and Nevada, and includes parts of Phoenix, talked issues with local farm leaders, including those centered on plans to streamline the National Environmental Policy Act and water issues.

Gosar also highlighted the recent trip President Trump made to Arizona and discussions he had with the president to bolster Arizona's economy in the wake of the COVID-19 shutdowns.

About the Author(s)

Todd Fitchette

Associate Editor, Western Farm Press

Todd Fitchette, associate editor with Western Farm Press, spent much of his journalism career covering agriculture in California and the western United States. Aside from reporting about issues related to farm production, environmental regulations and legislative matters, he has extensive experience covering the dairy industry, western water issues and politics. His journalistic experience includes local daily and weekly newspapers, where he was recognized early in his career as an award-winning news photographer.

Fitchette is US Army veteran and a graduate of California State University, Chico. 

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