Yuma growers will work together scientists from the University of Arizona and local and state agricultural leaders on a study following last year’s deadly E.coli outbreak.
University officials announced the partnership with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, local irrigation districts and the Arizona Department of Agriculture to study growing practices in the Yuma produce growing region.
Channah Rock is a University of Arizona professor and extension specialist.
“(The goal is) To better understand the environment and better understand the ways that pathogens or microbes move throughout the environment and ultimately ways that we can prevent them from getting in our produce,” Rock said.
The study will include input from officials with the Yuma Area Leafy Greens Industry and the Wellton-Mohawk Irrigation and Drainage District.