Rene and her fellow students endured a 230-mile road trip to Yuma, Arizona as part of the Go To Market Initiative—an experiential learning opportunity between the University of Arizona’s College of Engineering,
Within the fresh produce industry, farmers need to plant every day to harvest every day or it leads to issues down the road, according to Paul Brierley, executive director for the Yuma Center of Excellence for Desert Agriculture.
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.
Arizona agriculture hubs like Yuma have been preparing for the changes to come.
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.