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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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
Tags: FSA (1), research (1), USDA (1)

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)
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