Cooperative Extension's mission is to stimulate learning through exploration and discovery, and to enhance agriculture, the environment, our natural resource base, family and youth well-being and the development of local communities. We accomplish this mission by the integration, dissemination, and application of knowledge in agricultural and life science.
Labor is one of the biggest input costs for vegetable growers. With lettuce, the average cost for thinning and weeding in the fields is more than $120 an acre. A new automated lettuce thinner developed by the University of Arizona (UA), which could be available commercially within the next year or two, might change that.