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.

Desert REC Strategic Plan



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Farm Smart's Fall 2021 Newsletter

Click Here to view Farm Smart's Fall Newsletter featuring highlights of recent field trips and events.

Posted on Tuesday, December 14, 2021 at 11:10 AM

Read with a Beekeeper

brent ashurst

Read with a Farmer Recording Available Did you miss the live Read with a Farmer event? We now have a pre-recorded session available. Brent Ashurst, a local beekeeper, reads The Beeman by Laurie Krebs. Visit our website to view the recording and the...

Posted on Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 3:39 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Environment, Food, Yard & Garden

Farm Smart October Newsletter

Ag Grant

Click here to view our latest newsletter (Below is the newsletter at a glance)      AG in the Classroom Grant Deadline: Friday, October 30, 2020 Don't forget to submit your grant applications by October 30, 2020.  Send all...

Posted on Monday, October 26, 2020 at 12:35 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture

Registration OPEN for Farm Smart Fall Programs

IV AG Flyer with FFa emblem Explore Imperial Valley Agriculture with Farm Smart this Fall.  Whether its interviewing ag professionals or taking a field trip to various ag operations across the...

Posted on Friday, September 18, 2020 at 11:41 AM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture

$300 Agriculture Education Grants for Imperial Valley Teachers

2020 CAITC grant flyer

Through the generous donations of the Imperial County Farm Bureau, Imperial County Vegetable Growers Association, Farm Credit West, Imperial Valley Water, and California Women for Agriculture-Imperial Valley there are a limited number of grants available...

Posted on Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 11:18 AM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Environment, Food, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden
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