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.
September 18, 2023 AgTech promises to help farmers grow more crops with fewer resources, such as water, fertilizer, and pesticides.
August 30, 2023

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.

July 5, 2023 Large-scale, industrial agriculture dominates the landscape, as well as the economy, of Yuma County, Ariz. Farmers and scientists are working together to increase yield and conserve water. Credit: Ted Wood/The Water Desk
May 26, 2023 Paul Brierley of Yuma, Ariz. was appointed director of the Arizona Department of Agriculture by Gov. Katie Hobbs. As chief of the state’s agricultural regulatory agency, Brierley will also serve in the governor’s cabinet as her chief advisor on agricultural issues.
May 25, 2023

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.

May 5, 2023 Brierley’s thorough presentation offered an overview of Yuma’s distinct contribution to Arizona agriculture. The county's geographic position, climate, and fertile soil are ideal for growing leafy greens, earning it the moniker “America’s Winter Salad Bowl”.