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

  • Exploring the Porter Creek Nature Trail

    Added July 7, 2014
    Entering the Riparian Area

    Nestled in the natural landscape of the Sierra Foothill Research & Extension Center, you will find a sign marking the entrance of one of the Center's two nature trails. The Porter Creek Nature Trail is less than one mile long and is marked with...

  • EBA Vaccine Trials Advance at SFREC

    Added July 1, 2014
    Researchers recording observations as cattle are processed

    Epizootic bovine abortion (EBA), also referred to as foothill abortion, is one of the most serious cattle diseases in the Western United States. UC researchers, Professor Jeff Stott and Specialist Myra Blanchard from the UC Davis School of...

  • Canadian Broadcast Company Films at SFREC to Capture how Ranchers Adapt to Drought

    Added June 23, 2014
    CBC films ranchers collaborating about strategies to adapt to drought conditons

    Adaptation to changing weather and economic conditions is fundamental to farm and ranch survival but this year's drought is pushing variable adaptation strategies to their limit. The international community is closely watching how this dire situation...

  • Research Spotlight: Medusahead Demography

    Added June 17, 2014

    4009- Effects of defoliation and habitat on medusahead demography The winter annual grass Taeniatherum caput-medusae (L.) Nevski, commonly known as medusahead, is one of the most dominant invasive range species in the West. Despite a broad understanding...

  • The numbers are in: 2013-2014 Peak Standing Crop

    Added June 9, 2014
    Early May at SFREC - Photo courtesy of Leslie Roche

    Peak standing crop at SFREC for the 2013-2014 forage production year occurred on May 20, 2014 and yielded 2300 pounds per acre for the season.  This is 77% of the historic average of 2971 pounds per acre.  Ending the forage production season at...

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