With all the produce grown in Yuma, you may wonder how farmers are able to be smart about water conservation. In this week's Home Grown segment, we take a look at the ways in which farmers can use water wisely in order to keep up with the high demand of food produced.
The Centers for Disease Control said 28 cases tied to E.coli have been confirmed since May 2nd, bringing the total of infected to 149 people. The latest infections have caused even more frustration for farmers as investigators have yet to find the source of the contamination.
The agriculture industry has a tough job ahead of it.
UA researcher Sadhana Ravishankar has been working for more than a decade to improve food safety using all-natural, plant-based sanitizers to prevent outbreaks of foodborne illnesses like the recent one involving romaine lettuce grown in Yuma.
“Our average on-farm efficiency, as has been documented, is at between 75 and 80 percent efficiency," said Bobbi Stevenson-McDermott, a retired conservationist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, to Arizona Public Media earlier this month.
In Yuma, Arizona, the Colorado River is not what it was. For thousands of years, its raging water deposited rich soil in the delta, creating one of the most verdant agricultural areas in the world.
This week's Home Grown segment focuses on the Yuma Agricultural Center which YCEDA is housed in. It's been serving the research & local community since 1906! We are glad to partner with them on desert agriculture solutions!