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Farmers - don't be left out...


If you are growing any crops, rural or urban, please be sure to fill out the the Census of Agriculture. This census counts farms and ranches and those who operate them. Whether small or large plots of land, your response counts if $1,000 or more of...

Posted on Friday, February 2, 2018 at 10:43 AM

Farm Smart showcases Desert REC and Imperial County Ag

Visitors Harvesting in the U-Pick Garden

The Imperial Valley's beautiful winters have long attracted winter visitors to the area, and most come very curious about what's growing throughout this region. Since 2001, the UC Desert Research and Extension Center (DREC) has showcased Imperial County...

Posted on Friday, February 2, 2018 at 10:00 AM
Tags: farm smart (5), tours (1)

3rd Annual REC Community Education Specialist workshop held at Desert REC

ces meeting group photo

Community Education Specialist (CES) from across the state of California came together on January 24-25, 2018 at the UC Desert Research and Extension Center in Holtville, CA. There are 9 Research and Extension Centers (REC) throughout the state, all...

Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 11:27 AM

Youth volunteering allows potential for growth at HREC

During 2017 over 3800 hours of volunteer time were offered at HREC! Our incredible volunteer team helps across all areas from citizen science on our phenology project to working with children and adults at our educational events. The California Conservation Corps also volunteer their time and enjoy learning new skills such as chainsaw safety and technique with us.

We are thrilled to welcome a number of new youth volunteers to this program at the beginning of 2018, including 16 year old Hercules Almond who comes to us with a sharp mind and wonderful way of expressing himself and the world around him, enjoy this, the first blog post from Hercules as he expresses his first experiences on our site:

"Driving up through the light mid-morning mist that envelopes the hilltops on the way to the Hopland Research and Extension Center (HREC) is ever a joyous and smile-inducing trip to undertake from my home in Hopland. While I've only begun to truly frequent it, it has always been a place that I have enjoyed venturing to immensely, with its landscape rolling at points, being steep in others, sheep spotting the various fields and pastures as the sun may begin to shine through the cloud cover and bathe it all in a warm glow. 

I find myself slightly taken aback by the sheer scope of activities and goings-on that occur here… between the vast diversity of flora, the myriad of fauna that can call it home, the enormous plethora of sheep, and how the local ecosystem works in concert with the factors that contribute to its development and evolution, the entire acreage holds so much potential for all manners of research, study, and boundless expansion upon our understanding of the natural world out here and all around us.

To be completely honest, I've been ecstatic about almost everything to do with nature and the wilderness since I was a small child, fascinated by the most miniscule of insects and most gargantuan of trees at the very same time, loving nothing better than to live out away from all the noise and congestion of both cities and towns in general. I'm at peace with little but the sounds of the wind and birds surrounding me as I stand in a damp forest or on the top of a high cliff that overlooks beauty that can seldom be found elsewhere outside places such as HREC... I feel genuinely lucky to have the opportunity to volunteer here and be in the midst of working side-by-side with the remarkable individuals who devote time to helping here." 

Posted on Monday, January 29, 2018 at 3:43 PM
Focus Area Tags: 4-H

What does IPM and food have in common?


During your recent visits to the grocery store, have you noticed price increases on various products? Very often the problem can come down to pest issues. Read more about what scientists in the south are doing to prevent negative crop damage using...

Posted on Monday, January 8, 2018 at 9:46 AM

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