Scientific research conducted at Kearney has advanced understanding of every aspect of production and environmental management related to the valley's bounty of fruits, vegetables and field crops. It is no coincidence that Kearney is located in what has become the state's No. 1 agricultural county, on land that is some of the most productive in the world.
With resident faculty conducting basic as well as field research, the center is like a mini university campus. It also serves as a research base for dozens of off-station scientists from UC Riverside, UC Davis and UC Berkeley, and farm advisors from San Joaquin Valley UC Cooperative Extension. Not surprisingly, it is the most utilized off-campus agricultural research facility in the UC system. Thousands of people visit the center or participate in its meetings, workshops, field days and seminars annually.
KARE scientists have developed novel cultivation, pruning and planting methods for the major valley crops, while at the same time studying newer specialty crops like blueberries and Southeast Asian fruits and vegetables. Kearney has also been one of the key testing grounds for sustainable farming methods, such as integrated pest management (IPM), biological control, water conservation and nitrogen management.
Kearney is one of nine UC Agriculture and Natural Resources research and extension centers in California. View the video below for more information on the network of RECs: