Desert Research and Extension Center
Desert Research and Extension Center
Desert Research and Extension Center
University of California
Desert Research and Extension Center


Welcome to the Desert Research and Extension Center, located in Holtville, California. We are committed to agricultural research and education in the Imperial Valley desert and specialize in vegetable crops, alfalfa, desert cattle feeding, irrigation and drainage management, and pest management. We develop programs to address current challenges in these areas. We invite you to use this site to propose research or to learn more about the Center.

Opportunities for Research & Extension at DREC

Desert REC Strategic Plan

Center's Highlights 2013

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Farm to Preschool Festival

Calexico FFA volunteers help participants pick vegetables in the U Pick garden

With over 700 participants, 100 volunteers, and 19 organizations involved, the Farm-to-Preschool Festival was a huge...

Posted on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at 3:35 PM

Farm Smart offers AgVenture Field Days to local FFA students

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Nearly 125 local high school FFA students from Calexico, Imperial, Southwest, Holtville and Brawley high schools visited Farm Smart, located at the University of California Desert Research and Extension Center (UC DREC), in September for the first...

Posted on Friday, September 21, 2018 at 9:02 AM

Farm Smart meets with Imperial Irrigation Dirstrict

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Farm Smart staff and the UCANR Director, Jairo Diaz, sat down with long-term partners from the Imperial Irrigation Dirstrict (IID), Mike Pacheco and Tina Shields. This partnership has been fundamental to increase agriculture, STEM, and environmental...

Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 3:00 PM

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS: 2018 CA AG in the Classroom Conference Scholarship

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SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE  for the 2018 California  AG in the Classroom Conference September 28-29  Palm Springs, CA Have you been interested in finding new and exciting ways to bring food, fiber, flowers, and fuel into your learning...

Posted on Monday, August 6, 2018 at 12:52 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture,Food,Health,Natural Resources

2018 USDA Food and AgScience Summer Program

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The University of California Desert Research and Extension Center (UC DREC) Farm Smart program recently hosted the 2nd annual USDA Food & AgScience Summer Program in June 2018. In collaboration with the United States Department of Agriculture...

Posted on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at 11:35 AM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture,Environment,Food,Natural Resources,Yard & Garden
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