Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center
Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center
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

  • Research Spotlight: Rangeland Production in Variable Climates

    Added March 11, 2015
    Rain-out shelters

    SFREC visitors often notice and comment on the large "hoop house" structures that sit in a pasture just North of our headquarters. When precipitation is in the forecast, our staff works closely with the researchers associated with this...

  • Drought and early spring forage production in the Sierra Foothills

    Added March 4, 2015
    2015 Forage Growth by Month

    UC SFREC staff has been closely monitoring the seasonal pattern of forage production at the Research and Extension Center for over 30 years. These observations provide the longest running data set in the region to compare how the precipitation we receive...

  • Supporting ranching enterprises in the Sierra Foothills

    Added February 27, 2015
    From left: Chris Flores, Nevada County Ag Commissioner; Ed Scofield, Chair of the Nevada County Board of Supervisors; Jeremy James, SFREC Director; Terry Jochim, Nevada County Rancher, Dustin Flavell, SFREC Superintendent; Roger Ingram, UCCE Placer-Nevada County Director; Sue Hoek, Nevada County Rancher, Farm Bureau Representative and SFREC RAC member

    UC SFREC along with UC Cooperative Extension form Nevada/Placer hosted a tour of SFREC and ongoing UC research and extension efforts for representatives from Nevada County government, Farm Bureau and the agricultural industry.  The main aim of the...

  • SFREC receives PG&E land to expand research

    Added January 30, 2015
    Photo: Bear Yuba Land Trust

    Pacific Gas and Electric Company has donated 41 acres in Yuba County to the University of California as part of its land conservation commitment. The donation of the Narrows Unit to benefit UC's Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources was made in...

  • Video: CA Sen, Jim Nielsen, Supporter of Ag Education

    Added November 21, 2014
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    The Beef and Range Field Day held on October 8, 2014 gave local high school students an opportunity to interact with farm advisors, veterinarians and researchers in order to learn about some of the practical applications of beef cattle production....

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