The 4FrontED Region's Agribusiness sector is responsible for supplying the United States with 80% of its winter, leafy vegetables while also being the largest producer of crops in the State of Arizona. The University of Arizona-Yuma Agricultural Extension offers multiple degrees in Food Production, Food Management and Food Safety.
The agriculture industry is changing and the region is seeing value-added opportunities emerging. Livestock production, nutraceutical or food processing are examples of value-add agriculture that will drive changes.
Mechanization of agriculture increases the need for tooling and repair support busi- nesses. In 2014, the University of Arizona Yuma Center of Excellence for Desert Agriculture was created to tackle agriculture industry issues. Over $1.1 million has been committed from agriculture industry leaders to fund the center.