Desert Research and Extension Center
Desert Research and Extension Center
Desert Research and Extension Center
University of California
Desert Research and Extension Center

USDA Food & AgScience Summer Program


 Applications of Interest are now being accepted for the 2nd annual USDA Food & AgScience Summer Program hosted by Farm Smart


The USDA Food and AgScience Summer Program, hosted at the UC DREC/Farm Smart in Holtville, is an experiential learning experience to help high school students in the Imperial Valley explore careers and educational pathways in STEAM fields of study.

The hands-on program will provide high school students with practical experiences in the vast field of agriculture, from the scientific, professional, and technical aspects, that will serve to intensify the pre-college student’s interest on considering to pursue a STEAM field of study by building a foundation and learning about the importance of agriculture in the Imperial Valley through awareness, knowledge, and appreciation.

Overall, high school students will have the opportunity to expand their interest in STEAM fields of study beyond the classroom through Ag-related educational activities with professional development and youth empowering learning experiences


2018 Food and AgScience Program Flyer
2018 Food and AgScience Program Flyer


Take a peak at last year's participants


  • The program will run from June 15, 2018 through July 12, 2018 and will be comprised of 40 hours with in-field training, laboratory sessions, and regional field trips.
  • Students will be provided with a $420 student stipend for completion of the experiential learning experience.
  • Application of Interest Deadline via E-Mail by May 24, 2018


  • Enrolled in an Imperial Valley high school
  • Must be in 10th Grade or 11th Grade in the Fall 2018
  • Be a U.S. Citizen



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buenos dias quisiera saver si me puede dar informacion de horario que empesaria y terminara y si hay transportacion gracias

Posted by Elizabeth panalez on May 11, 2018

Reply posted on May 15, 2018

Good Morning,

The bulk of the program will take place June 15th through June 29th.  I do not have an exact schedule at this time.  We are still confirming the site visits and will hopefully know by the end of the month.  All participants will be required to meet at the University of California Desert Research and Extension Center at 1004 E. Holton Rd in Holtville on each program date. 

Thank you,

Stacey Amparano

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