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Yuma tour highlights diversity of U.S. ag

Trip hailed as a great way for the AFBF to understand national farm issues.

Todd Fitchette, Associate Editor

March 17, 2023

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The American Farm Bureau Board toured Yuma, Ariz. farms, a lettuce processing plant, and the International Border in mid-March as part of its annual board meeting designed to help national farm leaders understand the diversity of U.S. agriculture.

The two-day tour of desert farms in and around Yuma showcased winter vegetable production in a season that was extended somewhat across the region because of weather issues in the Salinas Valley of California that have delayed planting for the summer crop.

National farm leaders saw active harvest operations, watched farmworkers cross the International Border just south of Yuma, toured the Dole processing plant where lettuce was cooled and processed, and visited the University of Arizona’s Research and Extension Farm at Yuma.

American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall hailed the trip as a great way for the organization to understand national farm issues as directors set Farm Bureau policy and work to promote American agriculture within Congress.

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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