May 22, 2024

The Colorado River supplies water to millions of people across the American West, travels 1,450 miles and drains into seven US states, including Arizona, and two in Mexico. The river is the heart of the agricultural irrigation system for farmers in the Yuma growing region.

May 8, 2024

Taylor Farms opened its first Arizona-based salad plant in Yuma in 1997. The company was one of the original industry partners to help launch the University of Arizona's Yuma Center of Excellence for Desert Agriculture (YCEDA).

May 2, 2024

Tanya Hodges, the new executive director for the Yuma Center of Excellence for Desert Agriculture effective May 27, is ready to lead and guide efforts to provide fast-track solutions to high-priority issues within the desert agricultural industry.

April 22, 2024

A local event was held to help gain insight and business relationships in the agricultural and water industry from across the world. The Arizona Commerce Authority and the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs put on the event.

March 27, 2024

The Arizona-based Yuma Center of Excellence for Desert Agriculture, better known as YCEDA, has decided to tackle soil health research. One of the reasons we know so little about something that has been around for epochs stems from how soil health clashes with common research methods.

March 18, 2024 Members of the Office of Research, Innovation & Impact (RII) leadership team enjoyed an educational tour of University of Arizona key assets and partnerships in Yuma on January 18 and 19. Yuma has a critical role in feeding the nation, making UArizona integral in many ways.
November 27, 2023 To help address these issues, researchers in Arizona evaluated water efficiency and salt balances for 14 common crop varieties in the Winter Lettuce capital, coordinated by the Yuma Center of Excellence for Desert Agriculture.
November 1, 2023

“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.”

September 22, 2023 YCEDA is launching the Yuma Soil Health Initiative to help them unpack which research to prioritize, then conducting the studies. Some will be multi-year, multi-institution projects, says its Interim Executive Director, Stephanie Slinski.