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

  • 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
    YS logo (4)

    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...

  • The Science of Grass Farming: How Producers Can Benefit from Forage Production Data

    Added August 20, 2014
    Martin Beaton of UC SFREC clipping peak standing crop forage on May 19th, 2009

    Livestock ranchers are closely associated with the animals they work with, but many overlook the fact that ranchers are also grass farmers. It is essential for managers to take care of the land and create optimum forage to sustain the long-term health of...

  • Valuable Lessons Learned While Raising Livestock

    Added August 13, 2014
    Jake Williams of Smartsville 4-H in the show ring at the Yuba-Sutter Fair

    Raising livestock at any age requires an array of skills and knowledge in areas ranging from animal health, nutrition and proper handling to resource and business management. It is certainly not a job that can be taken lightly, which is why it is so...

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