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Chile heads talk shop at Las Cruces conference

LAS CRUCES - Bill Devine stood out from among hundreds of people roaming the hallways and conference rooms of Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces on Tuesday because of his festiveā€¦
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Yuma Cancels Long-Running Lettuce Days Food Festival

Yuma Cancels Long-Running Lettuce Days Food Festival | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Yuma's Lettuce Days, the annual event that draws thousands of people and was once named best food festival in Arizona, has been cancelled.The Yuma Visitors Bureau on Tuesday announced it won't take place in 2017."We have very mixed emotions about it because we love Lettuce Days and we're very attached to it. But it's a business decision that we need to stop and regroup because it's a big endeavor," executive director Linda Morgan said.
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County supervisor candidates clash over unpaid taxes | Yuma Sun

County supervisor candidates clash over unpaid taxes | Yuma Sun | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
SOMERTON – The campaign leading up to the August primary election is turning into a war of words between two Democratic candidates for the District 1 seat on the Yuma
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International leaders learning more about Arizona's economy

International leaders learning more about Arizona's economy | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Business and political leaders from 24 countries visit Arizona to learn more about the state's economy.
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Yuma Ag & You: Lettuce days a great opportunity

OK, Yuma, now is your chance! All those questions about crops, equipment, drones and everything farm will be going on today at the University of Arizona, Yuma Agricultural Center. It is the final day of Lettuce Days and if you head west on 8th Street, you will find the festivities. Some of the day’s activities include cooking demonstrations, musical entertainment, Master Gardener demonstrations of flower arranging, the ‘Toss it Up” salad sponsored by Tanimura and Antle for $2 plus a coupon for free produce and citrus tasting.
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YCEDA 'hot shot teams' seek faster solutions for desert agriculture | Western Farm Press

YCEDA 'hot shot teams' seek faster solutions for desert agriculture | Western Farm Press | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
A new innovative and entrepreneurial research center created by the University of Arizona (UA) aims to solve the most pressing problems facing desert agriculture…faster.

Targeted issues in the crosshairs for the new Yuma Center of Excellence for Desert Agriculture (YCEDA) will focus on a wide variety of desert agriculture issues, including crop protection, sustainability through production efficiencies and yield maximization, water, labor, food safety, economic and environmental challeng
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Arizona Farming & Ranching Hall of Fame Announces 2016 Honorees

Arizona Farming & Ranching Hall of Fame Announces 2016 Honorees | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
na agricultural pioneers have been selected for membership in the Arizona Farming and Ranching Hall of Fame instead of the traditional eight. The 2016 inductees are: living; Irene Echeverria Aja, Buckeye; Gloria England, Coolidge; Hubert (George) and Shirley Murdock, Roll; Dr. Kurt Nolte, Yuma and Dorothy (Dot) Webb, Phoenix. Those being inducted posthumously are: Thayer Collier; Goodyear; Ferdinand Etchart, Tolleson; Paul Weeks Litchfield, Litchfield Park; Antonio Maldonado, Glendale and Joe Sheely, Phoenix.

The honorees were chosen for their contributions in the fields of farming, ranching, Agri-business, education or science by an impartial panel of Arizonans with a diversity of backgrounds. They will be inducted at the 2016 Arizona Farming and Ranching Hall of Fame Honoree Dinner in March, 2016 and their stories will be included in volume two of the Arizona Farming and Ranching Hall of Fame, preserving the herit
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Immigration Talks Focus On Fences, Deportation, Not Economics Of Agricultural Workers | KJZZ (Radio-Tempe)

One major part of immigration reform in the United States that hasn’t received as much attention lately — in the wake of presidential candidates talking about border fences and deportations — is the economic impact of agricultural workers.
Philip Martin, chair of the Comparative Immigration and Integration Program at the University of California-Davis, and Paul Brierley, who leads the University of Arizona's Yuma Center of Excellence for Desert Agriculture in Yuma, explained the issue.
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Billion-dollar agriculture industry negatively impacted by heavy rain | KYMA (TV-Yuma)

YUMA, Ariz. - Parts of the Yuma Valley saw four to six inches of rain in just a few hours Tuesday night. 
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Tech helping Yuma Ag Center face future | Yuma Sun

The University of Arizona Yuma Ag Center is planting the seeds for future success with agricultural technology. 
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Officials monitor river waste issue | Yuma Sun

Local and state officials said Monday they believe the release of 3 million gallons of mining waste into the Animas River in southwest Colorado is unlikely to have much effect locally, but they will continue to monitor the situation as the water advances into the Colorado River and toward Yuma.
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UA Ag Center using drones to survey farmers' fields | Yuma Sun

For two and a half years, the University of Arizona Agricultural Center in Yuma has been hovering on the cutting edge of technology, exploring the uses for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) in farmers’ fields.
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Humor advances success of UA vegetable IPM program | Western Farm Press

Humor advances success of UA vegetable IPM program | Western Farm Press | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
The bi-monthly newsletter is important, and keeps growers and pest control advisers abreast on late-breaking vegetable news, including the bagrada bug.
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Arizona city cancels annual Lettuce Days

Arizona city cancels annual Lettuce Days | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
The annual winter celebration of agriculture in Yuma -- Lettuce Days -- has been canceled for next year, organizers said Wednesday, citing cost as a factor.
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2010-2015: Impact of bagrada bug on desert cole crops

2010-2015: Impact of bagrada bug on desert cole crops | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Bagrada bug infestations were lower in desert cole crops last fall than what has been observed since the pest first showed up in the desert in 2010.
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New Ideas Wanted For Keeping Birds Out Of Arizona Crops | KJZZ (Radio-Tempe)

A flock of birds can damage acres of fresh produce.
“Not only can they eat the produce or eat your seedlings or your seeds, but they also poop in the field. So there could also be fecal material left behind,” said Paula Rivadeneira, University of Arizona professor at the Yuma Agricultural Center. “And that’s a real, genuine concern for food safety.”
To keep birds away, growers have tried more than just scarecrows — including cannons, noises that mimic predators and even lasers. Nothing really works.
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Organic products in demand, but can they save small farmers?

Organic products in demand, but can they save small farmers? | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Organic products might conjure up images of yuppies shopping in a Whole Foods in San Diego, but that food has to come from somewhere first. A large portion of it comes from Yuma. 
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13 offbeat American food festivals

13 offbeat American food festivals | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
From humble lettuce to soulful frog legs, there's a little something here for every palate.
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Opinions differ on storm's effect on produce season | Yuma Sun

Tuesday's monumentally wet monsoon storm has pushed Yuma County farmers to move their equipment to land around Wellton and farther east which didn't get much precipitation, but opinions differ on whether this will be a setback affecting the entire growing season. 
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