Wilcox Greenhouse Uses Artificial Intelligence To Grow Tomatoes

  Via science.kjzz.org A huge greenhouse facility north of Willcox is growing tomatoes. But they’re not using traditional methods to produce the crops: they’re using artificial intelligence. This kind of high-tech farming will grow our future food. Walking into tomato company NatureSweet’s greenhouse is like walking into Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. The long hall between the growhouses bustles with workers moving tomatoes and shouting directions. The general manager, Gustavo Vera,

UA Conference Will Inspire Startup Businesses

Via tucsonlocalmedia.com Jen and Eli Crane are the founders of Bottle Breacher, selling American-made bottle openers fashioned from .50 caliber bullets. They’ll be conversing with conference goers at Ideas to Doors on Sept. 15 at Tucson’s Fox Theatre. Scott Hessell Jen and Eli Crane are the founders of Bottle Breacher, selling American-made bottle openers fashioned from .50 caliber bullets. They’ll be conversing with conference goers at Ideas to Doors on

'Sustainable Tucson' Is A Long Way Off

Via tucson.com The United Nation’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network ranked Tucson particularly low — 94th out of 100 of the most populous metro areas — when it came to poverty. In 2014, nearly 21 percent of area residents lived in poverty. Tucson also fared poorly in education. In 2014, Tucson ranked 13th worst for its dropout rate and in the bottom half for people attaining college degrees. When it came

New Industrial Facility Expected To Draw Aerospace, Defense Business To Mesa

Via azbusinessdaily.com The city of Mesa recently broke ground on a 150,000-square-foot speculative industrial facility in the Falcon Field District, which it hopes will draw significant aerospace and defense businesses. The Longbow Gateway One is slated to be complete by January and anticipated to bring at least 175 new jobs. The facility will be adjacent to Boeing’s 2 million-square-foot manufacturing facility at Falcon Field Airport and the Loop 202. “Longbow

UA Wins $4.8 Million Grant To Work On Valley Fever Vaccine For Dogs

Via tucson.com The University of Arizona has secured $4.8 million in federal money to fund a canine vaccine against valley fever. The live vaccine was invented by UA fungal geneticist Marc Orbach, is called delta-CPS1. It is a mutant sport that has already protected mice from valley fever. The grant from the National Institutes of Health is for four years and could bring the vaccine to market for dogs in

They Asked, We Delivered: Vocational Training For High School Students

Via kdminer.com Students asked for better education and employment opportunities at the “Give the Youth a Voice” Town Hall event Aug. 8. Kingman High School’s woodworking and cabinet making classes offer skill sets that can put them on the paths to well-paying jobs after high school. In his 17 years as a woodshop teacher at KHS, Calvin Kupser has seen things change and some things stay the same. It’s what’s

Maricopa County Taxman Targets Medical Marijuana Businesses

Via azcentral.com Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen is cracking down on medical-marijuana businesses he says are evading as much as $1.5 million in property taxes each year by failing to report the value of the equipment they use. Only 11 of 109 medical-marijuana businesses this year submitted itemized lists of their equipment to the Assessor’s Office to be taxed as required by law, he said. And from 2010, when the

Innovation Is Thriving In Arizona

Via businessfacilities.com Arizona knows that attracting great minds is easy when you give them the tools and support they need to go faster and further than ever before. Arizona is home to a surging ecosystem of global giants, early stage entrepreneurs and tech-savvy Millennial talent who are breaking new ground across a wide range of industry growth sectors. What’s more, Arizona offers a robust portfolio of programs and resources supporting

Downtown Tucson's Former Hotel Arizona Could Reopen By 2019

Via tucson.com The former Hotel Arizona, right, could be reopened under one of Hilton’s full-service brands. An artist’s rendering of the hotel’s entrance after the proposed renovation of the former Hotel Arizona downtown. The former Hotel Arizona, right, could be reopened under one of Hilton’s full-service brands. The long-vacant Hotel Arizona in downtown Tucson may reopen under a $20 million plan approved by the Rio Nuevo District board Tuesday. After