February 27, 2019 “A lot of that is multi-institutional research so we work with the USDA and we work with the FDA and there’s a lot of federal agencies that are part of research efforts,” said Paul Brierley, executive director for Yuma Center of Excellence for Desert Agriculture.
February 11, 2019 Paul Brierley: Tech Is a Boost for Diverse Operations Paul Brierley, Director of the Yuma Center of Excellence for Desert Agriculture, cites the challenges of finding field labor as one of the reasons that automation is taking off in leaps and bounds.
January 31, 2019

Brierley says while crops are tested for contaminants now, results may not be available until the product is already on store shelves. Brierley and other researchers are working to change that. They want to eventually develop scanners that could be used on harvesters or in the field.

January 21, 2019 As the winter lettuce production capital of the country, Yuma, AZ is a hotbed of activity in the fall, winter, and early spring.
January 13, 2019 AWC held a GIS Day event for students and professionals alike. Paul Brierley was on a panel of experts representing agriculture and research.
November 28, 2018

Paul Brierley, executive director for Yuma Center of Excellence for Desert Agriculture, says "... I guarantee you that Yuma has spent this whole off-season, and the whole industry, is trying to just double down on food safety efforts.

November 27, 2018 With the CDC deeming it safe to eat romaine again, as long as it’s not from central California, farmers in Arizona are ready to get their greens back on the shelves.
November 21, 2018 Romaine lettuce is about 50 percent of the leafy greens grown in Yuma County. Paul Brierley with the Yuma Center of Excellence for Desert Agriculture shares his thoughts on the latest findings along with the Mayor of Yuma shares a statement he just released about the outbreak.
November 18, 2018

With field workers getting harder to find, farmers are turning their attention to automated equipment. The economies of the United States and Mexico are booming, and workers are looking for better opportunities in the fields.