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Mar 22, 2023

Senate committee approves some egg sales beyond 30 days in stores

If some state lawmakers get their way, those AA-labeled eggs you find at the store later this year -- and pay a premium for -- may not be as fresh and tasty as they are now.

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Feb 21, 2023

High egg prices lead homeowners to start backyard hatcheries

High egg prices have prompted homeowners in Arizona to start their own backyard hatcheries and caused stores to see an increase in their sales of chicken feed and baby chicks.

May 4, 2020

Reopening economy: Ducey has hand on ‘dimmer switch’

Don’t expect scenes reminiscent of Black Friday stampedes or running with the bulls when Arizona’s economy restarts.

The building housing the state agriculture lab, located at 1520 W. Adams St., is slated to be demolished early next year. PHOTO BY PAULINA PINEDA/ARIZONA CAPITOL TIMES
Aug 27, 2018

Lawmakers, farmers balk at agriculture lab move

The Arizona Department of Agriculture plans to move its laboratory from the Capitol Mall to a building in Chandler, despite opposition from lawmakers and the industry.

Apr 13, 2015

Killian to new boss: I won’t stop criticizing you

Arizona Board of Regents Chairman Mark Killian’s new job might put him in a tough spot vis-à-vis his new boss, Gov. Doug Ducey

Sep 19, 2014

Among nearly 800 M-16s to Arizona agencies, 13 to agriculture officers

Of the nearly 800 fully automatic M-16s Arizona law enforcement organizations have received under a Department of Defense program that gives away surplus military hardware, 13 have gone to a state agency better known for serving farmers and ranchers and protecting consumers.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (Photo by Ryan Cook/RJ Cook Photography)
Apr 24, 2014

High-profile vetoes: Brewer makes her mark on this year’s legislative session

Hundreds of people rallied around the Capitol in February urging Gov. Jan Brewer to veto a controversial religious liberties bill, and the crowd broke out in elation when the governor announced she had broken out her veto stamp for the first time this year to knock down the bill.

Oct 26, 2010

State Agriculture Department launches registry to help abandoned horses

The Equine Rescue Registry, run by the Arizona Department of Agriculture, was approved by the Legislature in 2009 after lobbying from the Arizona Horse Council and the equine rescue community to set up a public list of state-sanctioned list of rescue organizations.

Oct 16, 2009

Farmers, ranchers fear budget cuts to Agriculture Dept.

As Arizona continues to grapple with declining government revenue, the state's farming and ranching communities are warning that the Arizona Department of Agriculture has stretched its dollars to the limit. And the situation could grow worse, as Gov. Jan Brewer in September ordered state agencies to draft plans that predict the immediate effects on departments if their budgets are cut another 1[...]

Aug 7, 2009

On cattle guard: Ag officer investigates crimes against livestock

Scanning the laptop bolted to a stand in the cab of his pickup, Darrell Hale ran down the list of complaints. Topping it was a call about horses with oozing eye infections. The call was made to Hale's employer, the Arizona Department of Agriculture. He's one of nine livestock officers in the agency's Animal Health and Welfare Program, all reporting to the state veterinarian.