Research and Extension Center System
University of California
Research and Extension Center System


The REC system is a strong, vibrant organization of research and education academics supported by extraordinary research management capacity to conduct agriculture, natural resource and human resource programs that
enable the delivery of the highest quality science to promote healthy citizens and thriving communities.

REC System Strategic Plan


  • Growing Edible Education—A Symposium of Best Practices

    Added October 19, 2016
    Chris Massa, VC Farm to School Operations Specialist introduces the new Salad Bar Farms at Balboa Middle School, Ventura. A prototypye for VUSD. This farm will source directly into the school cafeteria. First harvest yielded 30 pounds of produce

    October is National Farm to School Month! A time when schools, farms, communities and organizations across the county celebrate food education, school gardens and healthy locally sourced school lunches. The Ventura County Farm to School Collaborative...

  • Irrigated Pasture Forage Production Project

    Added October 18, 2016
    Figure 1: H11-21, Cage B, 4-6 inches treatment on the left and Total Forage Production treatment on the right. Photo credit: Nikolai Schweitzer

    The Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center in Browns Valley, CA utilizes 130 acres of summer irrigated pasture for cattle grazing. SFREC's irrigation water is supplied by a local water district via pipelines and open ditch distribution...

  • A gift from Mother Nature....

    Added October 17, 2016
    RainyDay SCREC

    Rain in Southern California? Yes it really does happen.  It was so pleasing to wake during the middle of the night only to hear rain on the roof. What is especially nice is that it is coming down very slow. This constant light mist/drizzle is...

  • New UC IPM online course provides 2 CEU in laws and regulations.

    Added October 10, 2016
    Pesticide residue tolerances are specific to each active ingredient and each crop.

    Do you need some more laws and regulations continuing education units for your license renewal? A new online course from UC IPM can help you get those units as well as help growers prevent illegal pesticide residues. The California Department of...

  • Beef and Range Field Day

    Added October 10, 2016
    Congressman Garamendi gives keynote address to high school students

    On Wednesday, October 5th, SFREC hosted over 170 high school students enrolled in FFA and 4-H programs across six counties for the 3rd Annual Beef & Range Field Day. Students had the unique opportunity to engage with UC researchers and...

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