UC-Desert Research & Extension Center
IN THE NEWS
FarmSmart Welcomed 100,000th Visitor on Feb. 13
UC Desert Research and Extension Center’s educational outreach program FARM SMART welcomed its 100,000th visitor on February 13, 2014 and hopes to hit 200,000 in the next 10 years. Larry Mallory of Burley, Idaho was the 100,000th visitor. He and his wife are “snowbirds” or winter visitors to the southwest. They were surprised with confetti, balloons, a commemorative bag, and a refund of their admission fee. FARM SMART recognized the many contributions of staff and volunteers and celebrated the milestone with a special cake. FARM SMART winter visitor tours are ongoing until February 27. K-12 programs will resume in March. FARM SMART educates over 8,000 people annually about natural resources including agriculture and educates the public about research at the center. Connect with FARM SMART at www.facebook.com/UCfarmsmart or www.ucanr.edu/sites/desertresearch/Farm_Smart/.
Welcome Our New FarmSmart Manager Sam Urie
Contact Sam Urie at email@example.com or 760-356-3067.
Welcome New Staff
Rogelio Ortega and Efrain Sambrano joined DREC as Ag Technicians on Nov. 12 and Nov 18, 2013.
The 24th Annual Fall Desert Crops Workshop
December 5, 2013
House of Steaks, 215 N. Imperial Avenue, El Centro, CA.
To register, call Annette at (760) 352-9474 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
2013 FarmSmart Appreciation dinner
More than 450 local residents enjoyed FarmSmart Appreciation dinner and hay ride around the center on Oct. 25, 2013.
Wang received 2013 AAIC Outstanding Researcher Award
Welcome "New" Staff
Pre-Season Vegetable Pest Management Workshop
Date: Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Congressman Vargas visited DREC on July 12, 2013
Wang received his Ph.D. in plant biology at UC Riverside in 2005. His dissertation research focused on competition of cowpea cover crop and weeds. During his PhD study, he also worked on cover cropping and crop rotation in vegetable crops at Coachella Valley Agricultural Research Center. Wang was a postdoctoral research on vegetable production at Michigan State University from 2005 to 2007.
Wang has been an Extension Specialist at University of Arizona’s Maricopa Agricultural Center since 2008, specializing in crop production, crop rotation, and development of new crops. Prior to moving to USA, Wang worked at Beijing Academy of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences as a research and Extension scientist in crop protection and weed biology.
In addition to his Ph.D., Wang holds a B.S. in crop science from Shanxi Agricultural University (China), an M.S. in botany from China Agricultural University, and an M.S. in applied statistics from UC Riverside.
Wang can be reached at (760) 356-3065.
An overview of the nine Research and Extension Centers (RECs) operated by the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources Division.
Visit http://ucanr.org/sites/rec/ for more information.
Located in the southern low desert area of California, the Desert Research & Extension Center (DREC) is a large and complex research center that provides professional management, land, labor and facilities for agricultural and environmental studies and educational outreach activities. DREC is comprised of 250 acres which accommodates 50 research projects year round including research conducted in vegetable crop breeding and culture, irrigation management, soil salinity, improved varieties of grain and forage crops, emerging bio-energy crops, feedlot cattle studies, and control of various insects and pests. Researchers include those from University of California campuses, Cooperative Extension, USDA, and Industry. DREC is home to the FARM SMART agricultural education program which conducts over 150 programs and reaches approximately 7800 students annually.
Linked data is from the California Irrigation Management Information System (CIMIS) weather stations. Visit CIMIS web site.
Imperial County Stations
- Calipatria/Mulberry, Calipatria
- Meloland, El Centro
- Palo Verde II, Palo Verde
- Salton Sea East, Niland
- Salton Sea West, Salton City
- UC-Andrade, Calexico
- UC-San Luis, Calexico
- Westmorland North, Imperial
Desert Research & Extension Center
ANR Desert Research & Extension Center
1004 East Holton Road
El Centro, CA 92243
Phone: (760) 356-3060
Fax: (760) 356-3073
Director: Guangyao (Sam) Wang