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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2018 Food & AgScience Summer Program

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UC FARM SMART visits Julian for Food Day Event

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Julian, CA - UC FARM SMART staff visited Julian Elementary School recently for the school's celebration of Food Day.  FARM SMART staff joined other presenters in highlighting foods from all over the world.  FARM SMART demonstrated the many uses...

Posted on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 8:59 AM
  • Author: Sam Urie

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
  • Author: Sam Urie
Tags: agriculture (3), education (2), FARM SMART (4), 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
  • Author: Sam Urie
Tags: 4H (2), DREC (3), FARM SMART (4), 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
  • Author: Sam Urie
Tags: 4H (2), CalFresh (1), FARM SMART (4), sustainability (2)
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