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Yuma Community Food Bank

The Yuma Community Food Bank has seen record numbers for individuals served and is now running low on donated food.  KAWC's Maya Springhawk Robnett reports...

Scientists Test Wasp As A Tool Against Citrus Greening

Apr 15, 2016
Amanda Solliday - KAWC

The plant disease citrus greening has hit Florida hard. Growers in other citrus-producing states, like Arizona, see it as a warning.

Researchers in San Luis are collecting new data on a wasp that may help slow the spread of the disease.

The parasitic wasp Tamarixia radiata is so small, scientists can ship 200 of them in a vial about the size of a photo film canister.

Bobby Baker, a technician with the USDA, has received weekly shipments of the vials for more than a year.

USDA Awards Science Education Grant To AWC

Oct 30, 2015
Craig Fry - AWC

Arizona Western College (AWC) received a $250,000 grant from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) for agricultural science education.

AWC is one of 30 Hispanic-serving colleges and universities selected nationally.  The USDA announced the grant recipients Oct 20.

Invasive Palm Weevil Spotted In Arizona

Jul 20, 2015
Pest and Diseases Image Library, Bugwood.org

The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has announced the first confirmed sighting in Arizona of an insect pest that can damage and kill palms.

Stephanie Sanchez

AZED-In 2009, the discovery of the Asian Citrus Psyllid in Yuma County led to a quarantine of residential and commercial citrus growers.

The Asian Citrus Psyllid, is a small insect that can carry a devastating disease to the state’s $37.2 million citrus industry.

The quarantine which was ordered in Yuma, La Paz and Santa Cruz counties has now been stretched to a small portion of Maricopa County.

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