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

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2018 Farm Smart tour flyer

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Sunrise on the Farm Breakfast Tour
Sunrise on the Farm Breakfast Tour

Dinner on the Farm: Date Night
Dinner on the Farm: Date Night

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Farm Smart showcases Desert REC and Imperial County Ag

Visitors Harvesting in the U-Pick Garden

The Imperial Valley's beautiful winters have long attracted winter visitors to the area, and most come very curious about what's growing throughout this region. Since 2001, the UC Desert Research and Extension Center (DREC) has showcased Imperial County...

Posted on Friday, February 2, 2018 at 10:00 AM
Tags: farm smart (4), tours (1)

3rd Annual REC Community Education Specialist workshop held at Desert REC

ces meeting group photo

Community Education Specialist (CES) from across the state of California came together on January 24-25, 2018 at the UC Desert Research and Extension Center in Holtville, CA. There are 9 Research and Extension Centers (REC) throughout the state, all...

Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 11:27 AM

FARM SMART heads to Visalia for 2017 CA Ag in the Classroom Conference

ag in the classrom 2017

Resources and Lesson Plans and Farm Tours…OH MY! FARM SMART had the opportunity to participate in the 2017 California Ag in the Classroom conference in Visalia, CA in July.  This was a wonderful opportunity for FARM SMART to share...

Posted on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at 10:21 AM

40 hours, 500 miles and 4 students: Summer Interns 2017!


UCDREC/FARM SMART collaborated with the United States Department of Agriculture - USDA to host the 2017 USDA Food and AgScience Summer Program. Out of 22 applications, 4 high school students were selected to participate in the 40-hour program. This was...

Posted on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 9:22 AM
  • Author: Stephanie Collins
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  • Author: Jairo Diaz

Using Engineered Biocarbon to Improve Soil Health and Water Usage in Ag Arid Regions

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University of California, Riverside researchers are testing soil amendments (biochar) to improve soil health and crop water usage in arid and hot ecosystems. This study will determine if various formulations of biocarbon can improve the agricultural...

Posted on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 8:07 AM
  • Author: Jairo Diaz
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