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 SMART and 4-H bring spooky STEM fun to the farm

The FARM SMART pumpkin

FARM SMART and Imperial County 4-H stirred up some spooky STEM adventures on the farm on October 29, 2016 at the University of California Desert Research & Extension Center.  This new event aimed to increase STEM awareness (Science,...

Posted on Monday, November 14, 2016 at 2:09 PM

Engaging Students in Careers in Agriculture

Entomologist for a day

According to a recent report from the USDA, during the next five years, U.S. college graduates will find good employment opportunities if they have expertise in food, agriculture, renewable natural resources, or the environment. Currently, one out of...

Posted on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 9:05 AM

15 years with the University of California

francisco maciel 15 years

Congratulations Francisco Maciel! Our Center Director, Jairo Diaz, awarding a certificate of appreciate to our very own Francisco Maciel for his 15 years of distinguished service with the University of...

Posted on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 1:32 PM

DREC Field Day


4/18/15 - An update on the statewide drought topped the agenda for the Agronomic Crops and Water Conservation Field Day held at the UC Agriculture and Natural Resources Desert Research and Extension Center here early Thursday morning. The event,...

Posted on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 11:41 AM

Local High School Students Visit FARM SMART


Holtville, CA – Nearly 250 local high school students from Calexico, Imperial, Southwest, Holtville and Central Union high schools visited UC FARM SMART the first week of November over five separate days.  The program was a collaboration...

Posted on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 1:43 PM
  • Author: Sam Urie
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