Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center
University of California
Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center


The Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center fosters and supports research, education and outreach programs focused on key agricultural and natural resource themes relevant to the Sierra foothills. We develop programs that address these critical needs with University of California academics as well as local and regional partners. On this site you will find information on how to propose and develop programs at the Center, an overview of current and previous programs, as well as specific information about the Center.

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Sierra Foothill REC Blog

  • Rice Strawlage Project Underway at SFREC

    Added November 10, 2014

    In the latest Research Spotlight, Glenn Nader, Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor, describes the project currently underway at SFREC to test the efficacy of utilizing rice strawlage as a supplement for beef cattle. In past studies, rice strawlage...

  • Nevada County Master Gardeners Visit Educational Outreach Orchard

    Added October 30, 2014
    Pruning Demo

    The Nevada County Master Gardener Program, led by President, Kris Vasser and Past President, Teri McConnell,  hosted a hands-on pruning demonstration for their volunteers on Wednesday, October 15th at SFREC. Twenty participants utilized SFREC's...

  • Students Gather at SFREC for Beef & Range Field Day

    Added October 13, 2014
    Keynote speaker, Senator Jim Nielsen

    The 1st Annual Beef & Range Field Day, hosted by SFREC was a great success. Over 120 students from 4-H and FFA programs in Butte, Nevada, Placer, Yuba and Sutter Counties participated to learn about livestock production and natural resource...

  • Excitement Builds for the 1st Annual Beef & Range Field Day

    Added October 3, 2014
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    On Wednesday, October 8th, over 125 high school students from FFA and 4-H programs in Butte, Nevada, Placer, Sutter and Yuba counties will gather in Browns Valley for the 1st Annual Beef & Range Field Day.  This event, hosted by the Sierra...

  • Research Spotlight: Understanding Invasive Weeds

    Added August 27, 2014
    Cattle among medusahead  at SFREC

    As many know all too well, invasive plants are one of the greatest threats to rangelands due to competition with native species, reduced forage quality for livestock and wildlife, and multiple other ecological factors. One particular invasive grass known...

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