The Global Forum for Innovation in Agriculture (GFIA) was held in Abu Dhabi, UAE earlier this year.

The University of Arizona (through the Global Institute for Strategic Agriculture in Drylands) served as Knowledge Partner to the GFIA, while the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation served as Sponsor and Global Development Partner, respectively.

The event was a resounding success. Dean Burgess and Dr. Joel Cuello are currently in talks with the organizer to hold a GFIA-USA/Americas Edition here in Arizona in November. The UA, Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority, and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation would remain partners to the event. more photos...


Street Smarts: Tucson veteran was among 1,000 children saved from Nazi Germany

Dr. Werner Zimmt was featured in the Arizona Daily Star's Street Smart series, which shares the stories of local veterans. Although born in Germany, Werner served with the US Army during World War II. Visit the Arizona Daily Star for the full story

ABE's Associate Professor and Specialist Mark Siemens gave a talk to a group of 50 at the Early Summer La Paz County Agronomic Workshop to discuss the benefits of point injection system.  Prof. Siemens research found that applied nitrogen rates could be reduced by at least 25% through use of point injection systems as compared to conventional means without negatively affecting crop yield. Reducing sidedressed nitrogen rates by 25% would save lettuce growers approximately $30/ac

ABE's Mark Siemen's point injector system is again brought to the front in the growing of alfalfa.
"Siemens believes rotary point injection could have its best fit yet in alfalfa for applying phosphoric acid to plant stands."
The UA point injection system is available for growers to test. Contact Siemens at and siemens@cals.arizona.edu.

This week we sent a harvest of beautiful Bibb lettuce to the Food Bank. Summer scholarship intern Christian Smith, who is a student at Sabino High School (Junior next year) helped keep the science accurate while supporting the community.  We are delighted to be a part of the tapestry of Tucson. 

The University of Arizona’s 2014 Outstanding Alumni Achievement awardee, Dr. Turki Faisal Al-Rasheed, delivered the keynote address at the UA Symposium on Arid Lands, Food Security and Health on October 30, 2014 at the Tucson Marriott University Park. more...

Dr. Joel Cuello and UA President Ann Weaver Hart represent ABE and the U of A at the 2015 Gulf Cooperation Council Alumni Reunion in Dubai, UAE.

Resource Magazine's Visual Challenge "statement without words" recognized Dr. Gene Giacomelli's submission of ABE/CEAC Associate, Phil Sadler in "Catching Some Rays"

ABE Centennial Bash

SAVE THE DATE to join us to help honor our alumni and celebrate our 2015 spring graduates!!!
One of our own ASM graduates, Tim Dunn, will be providing BBQ for the event
Steve Poe is making his world famous cobbler
There will be awards, videos, a cash only bar, and time to spend catching up with other alumni.

ABE Centennial Bash

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ABE Centennial Bash

SAVE THE DATE to join us to help honor our alumni and celebrate our 2015 spring graduates!!!
One of our own ASM graduates, Tim Dunn, will be providing BBQ for the event
Steve Poe is...

Yoon ABE

ABE's very own, Jeong-Yeol Yoon was featured in this month's Engineering News.

In 2010, for the first time in history, the proportion of the world’s population living in cities exceeded 50 percent, despite the fact that the world’s cities occupy only 3 to 4 percent of the planet’s land area.

Professor Joel Cuello and Xiang Liu had an article published the Innovations Issue of the Urban Agriculture Magazine.  Please go to page 61 to see the entire article.

ABE Awards and Recognition


The National Science Foundation hereby awards a grant to University of Arizona for support of the project described in the proposal referenced above . This project, entitled "RAPID:...

Bonnie Hurwitz, Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, was awarded a grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Her research strives to enhance the use...

The Global Excellence Awards are intended for those individuals who have distinguished themselves locally, regionally or nationally.  The recipient is an individual who:  Furthered the cause of...