Vic Smith
July 17, 2017

Vic Smith, Vice Chair of the Yuma Center of Excellence Advisory Council, was honored at the Forbes AgTech Summit for his commitment to innovation.

June 12, 2017 Prices are driven by supply and demand — even at the grocery store. When there’s not enough of a product to meet our demand for it in the produce aisle, prices go up. That’s what’s happening right now with lettuce in Arizona.
June 7, 2017 Yuma and Maricopa counties grow approximately 90 percent of the winter lettuce crop for the United States, but production has been threatened by a wilting disease. And prices have spiked.
June 6, 2017

When a joint public-private partnership launched the Yuma Center of Excellence for Desert Agriculture (YCEDA) 2.5 years ago, collaborating growers and the University of Arizona (UA) decided it’s No.

May 31, 2017

Yuma, Arizona provides the majority of winter leafy greens in the U.S. and Salinas, California grows those same crops in the summer.  When harvest periods in the two areas don’t align, it can create a lettuce shortage—like the one that just ended. 

May 31, 2017

The month of June is on it's way and while summer is officially approaching so is Monsoon season. Paul Brierley, the Executive Director of the Yuma Center of Excellence for Desert Agriculture, explains what this season could mean for local farmers. 

May 9, 2017

rizona could possibly become a Hemp producing state. On Monday, the house gave approval to SB 13-37 which governs the state of Arizona's Department of Agriculture to start growing Hemp.

agriculture land in Yuma, AZ
April 27, 2017

Water is a hot topic in the desert southwest, and agriculture uses a lot of it. Are there ways for agriculture to save water? If so, what should it be used for, and how would agriculture and rural communities be impacted?

Fusarium Wilt
March 12, 2017

Fusarium wilt of lettuce, a disease that has steadily grown in the Yuma area since 2001, is one of the toughest problems in local agriculture.