September 17, 2021

Today, Congressman David Schweikert (AZ-06) hosted a roundtable with leaders in the agriculture industry to discuss the ways that Congress and the Department of Agriculture can promote the awareness and opportunities biotechnology has in agriculture.

September 16, 2021

When producer growers donated to form the Yuma Center of Excellence for Desert Agriculture (YCEDA) several years ago, their chief concern was Fusarium wilt in lettuce.

September 1, 2021

A bothersome plant virus first discovered in 2006 in the Salinas Valley of California was discovered last season near Tacna, Ariz., a farming community east of Yuma, and in five different fields in California's Imperial Valley. Scientists still do not know how INSV found its way to Arizona.

August 7, 2021

The City of Somerton announces Sunday that it has formed a partnership with the Yuma County Public Health Department to help further the COVID-19 Community Protection Early Warning Response Program. 

August 2, 2021 The impatiens necrotic spot virus (INSV) that freshly sprouted in Yuma, affected about 40 fields this past spring. Now, researchers like Dr. Stephanie Slinski are trying to see if the pest can survive in the summer heat.
May 4, 2021

At the University of Arizona's Yuma Center of Excellence for Desert Agriculture, researchers are looking for solutions to the ever-changing climate. The center is a land laboratory that helps farmers overcome problems in the field.

March 30, 2021

Sewage testing helps healthcare professionals understand when, if and how much Covid-19 is present in the population of a given area and provides early warning of a possible outbreak. The presence of coronavirus appears in sewage days before people begin to show symptoms.

March 29, 2021

The main goal of this project is to measure water usage. They have calculated an 85-90% efficiency in terms of water use for crops. "This project is to account for every drop for each crop because of the shortage of water from the Colorado River," Dr. Saber stated.

March 16, 2021 “Early into the coronavirus pandemic, Jesus Tovar of T&P Farms in Somerton, gave a special donation and asked if there was anything we could do to help get Yuma County back to work safely as the vegetable season approached,” said Paul Brierley, executive director of the Yuma Center of Excellence