Why combining farms and solar panels could transform how we produce both food and energy

Agrivoltaics—putting solar panels on farmland—lead to astonishing productivity gains and improved energy efficiency. Except when they don’t.

University of Arizona gathers data on COVID-19 pandemic effect on tomatoes

A clear consumer retail preference for vine-ripened tomatoes after the March 2020 COVID lockdown is one finding of a study by the Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics at the University of Arizona.

Could rainwater harvesting and urban agriculture be the solution to Tucson's food deserts?

A new study from University of Arizona researchers highlights the potential to utilize public land and rainwater harvesting to minimize food insecurity in Tucson.

Hispanic Households Most Impacted by COVID-19 Job Disruptions, Food Insecurity in Arizona

According to survey data, 59% of Hispanic households in Arizona reported job disruptions in the first four months of the pandemic, compared to 22% of non-Hispanic white households.

Announcing the 2021 AIR Resilience Grants Recipients

AIR’s call for Resilience Grant proposals brought in 31 unique submissions for activities that advance the institute’s mission of supporting interdisciplinary groups, including off-campus partners, to develop practical, applied solutions that further resilience in our natural and human communities.

How Solar Panels Could Help Save Struggling Farms

Solar companies and farmers can work together to harvest sunlight for both energy and food.