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Welcome from the Director


Welcome to the website of the Yuma Agricultural Center (YAC) of the University of Arizona in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The YAC purpose is to provide facility to conduct applied research that is communicated to the communities and industries of this region through strong and effective Cooperative Extension education programs.
The center includes two separate research facilities, the Yuma Valley and Yuma Mesa research facilities. The Yuma Valley facility includes 274 acres of farm land located in the former flood plain of the Colorado River and primarily consists of fine textured soils. The Yuma Mesa farm includes 240 acres primarily consisting of coarse textured soils. Both farms have greenhouse facilities, offices and laboratories are located at the Yuma Valley facility.

The Yuma Agricultural center is staffed with nine faculty from four academic departments including Plant Sciences, Entomology, and Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering. Research and Extension programs at the center include plant physiology, crop production, insect biology and control, disease biology and control, weed ecology, soil and water management, fate and transport of environmental contaminants, food safety, and agricultural mechanization. The faculty at this center are supported by a staff of research specialists and post-doctoral research associates, farm support, and clerical support for a total support staff of approximately 40 individuals. Many of our programs support the high value vegetable and citrus industries in the lower Colorado River region.

The faculty at this center also contribute to a local teaching program offered through the University of Arizona-Yuma in cooperation with Arizona Western College, and Northern Arizona University. Degree programs in Agricultural Systems Management and Agronomy (Sustainable Plant Systems) can be initiated and completed locally.

I hope you find the information you seek while visiting our website. If you do not find what you are looking for please contact our main office or one of the faculty if your question is disciplinary specific by e-mail. We appreciate your interest in this excellent research and education facility.

Jeffrey C. Silvertooth
Yuma Agricultural Center

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