Special Episode, without Garrett!

Dean Fish and Dan Bell both ranch on the Mexican border in Arizona. Take a listen and get some insight from two great guys!

Dean Fish, PhD, is the Santa Fe Ranch Manager. He was officially hired in May of 2013, but grew up on the Santa Fe Ranch and attended local schools.

After graduation from Little Red School and Patagonia Union High, Dean attended Pima Community College and the University of Arizona. He attained his B.S. (Animal Science), M.S. and PhD (Reproductive Physiology) degrees from the U of A. Dean spent 15 years in various positions with the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension helping livestock producers through problem-solving research and other education. He also helped to grow the local 4-H program and served on many local, state, regional and national committees to help young people succeed.

He currently works with the Santa Fe Ranch team to create opportunities for young people to be out of doors and learn about their environment and agriculture. Dean also is working to create ways to share “best management practices” with other small livestock producers in an arid environment. He continues to serve as a 4-H Leader and is involved in various leadership positions in the beef industry.

Dan Bell manages the ZZ Ranch, which was purchased in 1938 by his grandparents, Thomas and June Bell. They run cattle on several Forest Service allotments along the border.

Bell became involved in educating the public to the dangers that ranchers face on the border after his friend Rob Krentz was found shot dead after spotting an illegal border-crosser on his ranch in Cochise County in March 2010.

In April 2010, he testified before Gov. Jan Brewer in support of a border protection plan presented by the Arizona Cattlegrower’s Association. He has given several interviews to national and international media; he serves on a local ranchers’ liasion group; and is a member of the Nogales Border Patrol Citizen’s Advisory Committee.

Bell is also a past president and board member of the Southern Arizona Cattlemen’s Protective Association. He has served various roles in the Arizona Cattlegrowers Association. He is on the board of directors for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and for the Pima County Farm Bureau. Bell is also a member of the Arizona Department of Agriculture advisory council, and serves as the chairman of the Santa Cruz Natural Resource Conservation District.