News/Events

News/Events

News/Events

It’s 2017: Do you know how old your farmer is?

Posted: Tuesday, April 11th, 2017 | Brandpoint

(BPT) – Smartphone? Check. GPS? Check. Seed, fertilizer and tractor? Check. Welcome to the world of modern agriculture, where high-tech is the rule and savvy millennials are in demand as U.S. agriculture embraces the many challenges of feeding a growing world. (Read More)

Growth and productivity: Projects key for Yuma agriculture

Posted: Tuesday, April 11th, 2017 | Matt Harding

Just about everyone in Yuma knows that the county boasts a multi-billion-dollar agriculture industry that feeds the nation during the winter months. What they might not know is that it could be the global epicenter of desert agriculture innovation, an important focus considering 40 percent of the world’s ag production is in arid climates. (Read […]

A glimpse into the future: Southwest Ag Summit holds field demonstrations for new and developing farm equipment

Posted: Tuesday, April 11th, 2017 | Blake Herzog

Field demonstrations of new and developing farming equipment dominated the first morning of the Southwest Agriculture Summit Wednesday, with about a dozen devices in various stages of development and marketing going on test runs at Arizona Western College. Leigh Loughead, agriculture science manager at AWC and the announcer for the demo event, said any implements […]

Yuma Fresh Vegetable Organization turns 70 in 2017

Posted: Tuesday, April 11th, 2017 | Matt Harding

Its mission is simple. “Our job is to promote and protect the Yuma produce industry,” said Bruce Gwynn, executive director of the Yuma Fresh Vegetable Association. Back in 1947 — when it was established by Ted McDaniel, Floyd Newcomer, J.L. Coyer, H.P. Fites and Wilton Woods — YFVA was solely a vehicle to lobby the […]

All-American Canal System named national engineering landmark

Posted: Tuesday, April 11th, 2017 | Matt Harding

It is 80 miles long, irrigates more than half a million acres of farmland and provides water service to more than 150,000 residents — and now, the All-American Canal System is also a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. (Read More)

Lawmakers get tour, first hand look at area ag industry

Posted: Tuesday, April 11th, 2017 | Blake Herzog

About 14 state legislators were among more than 30 people who took a biannual tour Friday of Yuma’s agricultural scene targeting state leaders, who also got lunch with the governor as a last-minute addition to the schedule. The jaunt hosted by the Yuma Area Agricultural Council has become a December tradition, in odd years offered […]

Yuma Chamber of Commerce recognizes business leaders at dinner

Posted: Tuesday, April 11th, 2017 | Matt Harding

The Yuma County Chamber of Commerce selected Shelley Jones Mellon as its Member of the Year and Dan Shay as its Small Businessperson of the Year at their Annual Awards & Installation Dinner Friday night. Jones Mellon, president of RL Jones Insurance Services, is a founding member of San Luis Rotary, a board member of […]

Wednesday’s rainstorm leaves farmers with a ‘muddy mess’

Posted: Tuesday, April 11th, 2017 | Blake Herzog

A wet, drawn-out rainstorm soaked the Yuma area with more than half an inch of rain Wednesday night and early Thursday morning, with about a 50/50 chance of more this weekend. All the moisture left area growers and field workers struggling with a muddy mess to work around as the produce season begins to head […]

Mellon Farms: Water, Sunshine and an Educated Workforce

Posted: Friday, July 29th, 2016 | Nancy Riggs

Although Yuma, Arizona, home of Mellon Farms, is in the middle of the desert, it’s far from a barren. The area produces 90 percent of the leafy greens consumed in the United States during the winter months. Lettuce is the major crop within that leafy green reference. Natural benefits to growing lettuce in the Yuma […]

Colin and Shelley Mellon Named Citizens of the Year

Posted: Saturday, January 2nd, 2016 | By Darin Fenger, features editor

They say if you want to get something done, ask a busy person to do it. Numerous organizations and charitable groups in Yuma County know the secret to going a step further is asking a busy couple. That fact explains why Yuma residents Colin and Shelley Mellon certainly don’t have very much free time in […]