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“Trumping Arizona Ag” theme at agribiz-water event, May 19, Tempe

Agribusiness & Water Council of Arizona's annual meeting and conference is May 19 in Tempe.

The Agribusiness & Water Council of Arizona will conduct its annual meeting and conference for those in agribusiness on May 19 at the Salt River Project’s PERA Club from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The PERA Club is located at 1 E. Continental Dr., Tempe, Ariz. 85281.

Informative speakers will address the new administration, changes in regulations, plus critical water issues. 


8 a.m. – Registration, breakfast

8:30 - Welcome Chris Udall, ABWC executive director;

            Welcome to the PERA Club - Salt River Project; and

            State of ABWC - Tom Davis, ABWC president

9:00 - Painting Arizona’s water picture in 2017 and 2018 - Tom Buschatzke, Arizona Department of Water Resources

9:30 - What we want in the next farm bill

           Keisha Tatum, State Conservationist, Natural Resources Conservation Service;

           Tim McCabe, Arizona Food Marketing Alliance; and

           Dan Thelander, Pinal County Produce

10:15 – Break

10:30 - $20 a Day or $20 an Hour? What We Need in Comprehensive Immigration  Reform  

            Jim Manos - CFO, Hickman’s Eggs;

            Tony Tew - Foothills Packing Company; and

            Paul Rovey - United Dairymen of Arizona

11:15 - Keynote presentation - What Arizona Agriculture Can Expect from the Trump Administration – Mark Limbaugh, Ferguson Group

11:50 - Awards Presentation

12:00 - Closing Remarks

12:05 - Lunch

12:30 – Adjourn, ABWC Board Business Meeting

For more information including meeting cost and registration, contact Kathy Rappleye at (480) 558-5301 or


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