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

Center's Highlights 2013

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FARM SMART hosts FFA event

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Sep. 19 - FARM SMART hosted 125 beginning agriculture science and FFA students from all over the Imperial Valley as part of the Imperial Section FFA Greehand Conference, designed to foster an interest in agriculture, science, and leadership....

Posted on Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 9:39 AM
Tags: agriculture (2), education (1), FARM SMART (3), FFA (1)

Part 2: Sustainability Camp Planning

Future camp counselors learn about the importance of water.

4-H members, FARM SMART and DREC staff, and CalFresh staff met again today to further discuss next summer's "Sustainable You!" camp to be held at DREC.  4-H members elected officers to take on responsibilities of the camp and further their...

Posted on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 2:18 PM
Tags: 4H (2), DREC (3), FARM SMART (3), sustainability (2)

Bring the Outside In

The kids are out of school, and most likely the summer heat has not zapped the energy and excitement that is naturally present in the summer.  It might persuade them not to go outside much though.  This means that parents may have no choice but...

Posted on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 1:40 PM
  • Author: Stephanie Collins

4-H, FARM SMART, and CalFresh Team Up to Plan Sustainability Camp


Staff at DREC and Imperial County Cooperative Extension are teaming up to deliver "Sustainable You!", a five-day summer camp designed by Dr. Roslynn Brain of Utah State University.  Each day of the camp has a theme: Land, Air, Energy, Water, and...

Posted on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 9:26 AM
Tags: 4H (2), CalFresh (1), FARM SMART (3), sustainability (2)

Exciting Times at DREC

Have you filled up your vehicle's fuel tank recently?  Have you eaten a carrot, a pickle, sweet corn, onion, broccoli or melon recently?  Had a nice crisp salad with fresh romaine lettuce and some pasta, then dipped some bread in olive...

Posted on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 9:24 AM
Tags: agriculture (2), DREC (3), farm (1), smart (1), UC (1)
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