Andrea Pérez Balderrama


Known as the lettuce capital of the world, Yuma County continues to produce and harvest the crop despite cases of the coronavirus on the rise and threatening hundreds of workers who balance the health, personal lives and possibility of contagion on and off the field every day.

Victor Calderón/KAWC

Yuma’s winter agriculture season usually ends around April but this year it ended a few weeks early.  

The COVID-19 pandemic led to industry shutdowns that spoiled the market for commercial fresh produce. 

Farmers in Yuma say they had to destroy acres of lettuce, some already packaged for shipping.  The impacts of the pandemic on farmers will continue into the new growing season.

University of Arizona

The coronavirus pandemic has impacted many industries, including Yuma’s agriculture business. 

While farmworkers have stayed on the job during the current global situation, experts say the food services industry, which is responsible for the bulk packaging that goes to restaurants, suppliers, airlines and schools has been affected.

Western Growers

The president and chief executive officer of an organization that represents farmers growing fresh produce in Yuma County said local agriculture work will go on with added protections for workers due to COVID-19 regulations.

Bob Johnson/Ag Alert

Presenting tomorrow’s agriculture technology today is one of the goals of the Southwest Ag Summit, going on this week on the Arizona Western College campus.