Agribusiness & Wildlife


Individuals, institutions and companies engaged in the business of supplying and processing agricultural and livestock products and commodities, and individuals involved in buying, selling and supplying of services to the agribusiness industry. The Committee also promotes collaborations among individuals, agencies, and organizations on wildlife research and management collaborations to enhance ecosystem health, provide recreational activities, and generate important revenues for local economies.

How To Get Involved

By serving on the Agribusiness & Wildlife Committee, you can participate in grassroots policy development, exchange ideas and information through cross-border communication and collaboration, and contribute to the implementation and advancement of cross-border projects. Contact your co-chairs today!

Arizona Co-Chairs

Mark KillianMark Killian
Arizona Department of Agriculture
(602) 542-5729
Chris UdallChris Udall
Executive Director
Agribusiness & Water Council of Arizona, Inc.

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Current Action Items

Archived Action Items

Action Item 1

Due Date: June 1, 2014

Continue with the Technological Exchange Program related to the protection and management of terrestrial and aquatic species.

Tactic A

Due Date: June 1, 2014
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Sonora will develop the Management of the Wild Turkey plan.

Steps Taken: A draft Wild Turkey Management Plan has been completed.

Tactic B

Due Date: June 1, 2014
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Sonora and Arizona will continue with the implementation of research and management projects on the management of aquatic wildlife in shared basins, Sonora pronghorn, black tailed prairie dog, and collared peccary.

Steps Taken: Arizona and Sonora continued monitoring black-tailed prairie dog populations located in northern Sonora and at Las Cienegas National Conservation Area in Southern Arizona. Both populations are doing well and joint monitoring activities in Sonora are scheduled to take place this July. In addition, both states are planning to conduct an aerial monitoring of the Sonora Pronghorn population in Sonora by late 2013. Arizona and the University of Sonora are conducting native fish surveys in shared watersheds. Of particular interest is the protection of the upper region of the Yaqui Sucker (Catostomus bernardini), of the upper Yaqui river which has been extirpated from the wild and only a few populations exist in Sonora. Fish biologist from Arizona and Sonora are trying to prevent the extinction of this species by increasing the number of proctected populations and implementing habitat improvements to determine if the species can be re-established back in the wild.

Tactic C

Due Date: June 1, 2014
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Promote sport hunting and fishing between Sonora and Arizona through participation in wildlife expos and conventions and tournaments.

Steps Taken: Wildlife members as well as representatives of the Tourism Commission, attended the International Sportsmen’s Exposition in Phoenix AZ held from the 21st thru the 24th of February. During this event, much information was distributed regarding game hunting, and the many activities offered by the State, such as fishing. On March 9th 2013 SAGHARPA participated in the Annual Fundraising Banquet and Auction Event of the Arizona Desert Bighorn Sheep Society, in Phoenix Arizona. During this event a hunt tag for one bighorn sheep was auctioned in the amount of $80,000.00 dlls. Funds raised were destined to social programs of the Seri community, and for the preservation of this species which inhabit the island. SAGHARPA along with the cooperation of the Arizona Game and Fish department presented a workshop on monitoring Zoonotic illnesses in the Arizona-Sonora region. This was geared mainly to personnel of any agency which are in charge of managing these outbreaks in the Arizona-Sonora region. The state of Sonora thru SAGHARPA, organized the IV International Yecora turkey shoot from the 26th thru the 28th of April. Participating in this event were, 108 hunters from the various states of Sonora, Baja California Norte, Chihuahua, Sinaloa and Jalisco. There were also 7 hunters participating from the state of Sonora. The top 20 first places received prizes for a grand total of $615,000.00 Pesos, (approximately $53,500.00 Dlls). The Arizona Game and Fish Department’s 2013 Outdoor Expo drew 35,000 people over the March 23-24 weekend at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix. Sunday’s attendance of 17,000 was a record for an Expo Sunday. In addition, 3,500 schoolchildren ,teachers and chaperones attended the Expo Youth Day on Friday, March 22, meaning 38,500 people total attended over the three days. The Outdoor Expo is an annual event conducted by Game and Fish to give the public the chance to learn about wildlife-related and outdoor recreation activities, including wildlife viewing, fishing, hunting, archery, shooting sports, camping, off-highway vehicle recreation, and boating recreation. In addition to the hand-on activities, more than 150 exhibitors were on hand, including sportsmen’s and conservation organizations, government agencies, and commercial vendors of outdoor products and services. Next year’s Outdoor Expo will be held on March 29-30, 2014, at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix.

Action Item 2

Due Date: September 30, 2014

Organize two future meetings between the Agribusiness & Water Council of Arizona (ABWC) and the Agribusiness Council of Southern Sonora (CASS) on May 16, 2014 in Scottsdale, Arizona and in September, 2014 in Cd. Obregon.

Tactic A

Due Date: May 16, 2014
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Will plan for a member of CASS to address the ABWC membership during its Annual Meeting on May 16, 2014 (and at the upcoming June Plenary meeting in Arizona). An informational workshop between ABWC and CASS members will immediately follow the ABWC Annual meeting in Scottsdale to discuss Dairy standards, groundwater and hydropower issues. The meeting will be an educational and informational exchange meeting.

Steps Taken: At this point, the above mentioned workshop has been completed with a great deal of success. Prior to the workshop, a preliminary organizational meeting was held in Tempe, Az. on March 27, 2014 to discuss the proposed agenda. More follow up to the successful workshop will take place in Cd. Obregon in September, 2014 with CASS during their first Annual meeting.

Action Item 3

Due Date: June 1, 2014

Develop a joint response plan to address international food safety incidents.

Tactic A

Due Date: June 1, 2014

Will bring information to all interested parties about the GHP/GAP food safety program.

Steps Taken: Two FDA mobile labs were set up at the Arizona Department of Agriculture grounds in Nogales Arizona from early January 2013 thru February for approximately 5 weeks. One lab was a Microbilogical lab and the other was a chemical analysis lab. Both labs were manned by 2 different crews. Local FDA Inspectors collected produced samples and delivered them to these labs for analysis and testing.

Tactic B

Due Date: June 1, 2014

Continue to promote classes offered by the University of Arizona (free of charge) in developing a food safety program.

Steps Taken: Dr. Kurt Nolte, University of Arizona, offers approximately 6 annual classes throughout the State of Arizona. They consist of a step by step review of a Good Handling Practices (GHP), Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), audit preparedness checklist. Participants in these classes include farmers, produce growers, produce handlers etc., as a follow up to these classes. Mr. Jacobson, Food Safety Projects Coordinator, with the State of Arizona, meets with these individuals.

Action Item 4

Due Date: June 1, 2014

Facilitate crossing of livestock in San Luis Rio Colorado, MX, and San Luis, AZ.

Tactic A

Due Date: June 1, 2014

A meeting of representatives of the Sonora Livestock Association, SAGRHPA and the Arizona Department of Agriculture was held to discuss the possibility of building cattle pens at the San Luis Sonora Port of Entry. Arizona will contact USDA regarding preliminary plans and inspection facilities. Discussion concerning investments and location will continue.

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Deepwater PortsWhere: Guaymas, Sonora
What: Deepwater Port Expands Tourism and Trade
Pillars: Trade
In 1959, early AMC accomplishments included a survey of seaports that called attention to Guaymas, Sonora, as a port for future development. In 2004, an AMC Transportation Committee study investigated and assessed the viability of the Port of Guaymas as a potential maritime addition to the Canamex Corridor. In 2008, cruise ships began docking in the now deepwater port.