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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A Reflection of HACU’s 33rd Annual Conference


On October 4th, 2019, I flew from the San Diego airport to attend the 33rd Annual Conference of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, or HACU, as part of the Student Track's Adelante Institute in Chicago Illinois. The conference took...

Posted on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at 1:38 PM
  • Author: Mariana Gonzalez
Focus Area Tags: Innovation

Highlights of ANR Hispanic/Latinx member contributions

Jairo Diaz, Desert REC Director

There are several Hispanics/Latinx working at the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources – UC ANR that provide services to communities statewide. As we celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month between September 15...

Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 9:44 AM

Sustainable You Day Camp Explores Food, Water, Land, Energy, and Air in Imperial County


  On April 1st, I started my internship with the University of California Desert Research and Extension Center (UC DREC) and the Farm Smart program. When I began this internship, my only experience was working with high school and college students....

Posted on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at 1:14 PM
  • Author: Mariana Gonzalez Castro
Focus Area Tags: 4-H,Agriculture,Environment,Food,Natural Resources

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)
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