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 Videos and Participant Comments

The University of California's Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources News and Outreach in Spanish developed videos in English and Spanish of our Farm-to-Preschool Festival. Video in English:...

Posted on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at 7:19 AM


Paula Rivadeneira, U of A Food Safety and Wildlife Specialist, presents on past research on pathogen movement in the low desert. Picture by Jairo Diaz

Participants representing Imperial County cattle feedlots came together on April 22nd to discuss food safety at the Livestock Food Safety Workshop held at UC DREC. Organized by UCANR advisors and specialists, invited speakers presented current management...

Posted on Monday, April 29, 2019 at 5:00 PM
Tags: DREC (4), Food Safety (1), Livestock (1), Produce (1)

2019 Agronomic Crops and Irrigation Water Management Field Day

Ali Montazar, UCCE Irrigation Advisor, discussing subsurface irrigation in alfalfa

UC DREC hosted the 2019 Agronomic Crops and Irrigation Water Management Field Day on April 11. The field day was organized by UCCE Imperial County and included a hay wagon ride tour through field research projects and indoor presentations. Researchers...

Posted on Friday, April 19, 2019 at 2:02 PM

Intern Student at Desert REC

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Internships are a proven way to gain relevant knowledge, skills, and experience while establishing important connections in the field.   Learning doesn't just take place in the classroom — participating in internships can provide a wealth...

Posted on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 6:16 PM

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
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