Vargas represents the 51st District, which includes portions of San Diego County, all of Imperial County and the entire U.S.-Mexico border in California. Desert REC director Sam Wang hosted the tour. He said the congressman posed for pictures with UC staff and academics, asked a number of questions and was very friendly.
ANR Vice President Barbara Allen-Diaz visited the congressman in his Capital Hill office in February and invited him to the research and extension in his district. The facility was established in 1911, making it the oldest ANR research center.