“We’re looking ahead, working on an irrigation and salinity project, a desert agriculture soil initiative involving soil health and grower needs, and some monitoring technologies,” says YCEDA Interim Executive Director Stephaie Slinski. “We need to identify things we can bring to the desert.”
The Yuma Center for Excellence for Desert Agriculture (YCEDA) is the result. It’s a unique public-private partnership. Five area growers, including JV Smith Companies, identify issues needing attention.
Governor Katie Hobbs (D-Arizona) looked to Yuma for the next head of the Arizona Department of Agriculture. It was announced on Thursday that Paul Brierley, Director of the Yuma Center of Excellence for Desert Agriculture is going to be nominated for the position.