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Greetings from Imperial County!

Welcome our new Climate Smart Specialist

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Ana Resendiz is the new Community Education Specialist for the Climate Smart Agriculture program. She provides technical assistance to farmers and ranchers who are interested in applying for the three California Department of Food and Agriculture Climate-Smart Agriculture initiatives grant funding opportunities including:

-           The Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP)

-           The State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) 

-           The Healthy Soils Program (HSP)

She has always been concerned with solving environmental problems using sustainable technologies and practices, which motivated her to obtain her B.S. in Bioengineering in her home country, Mexico. She developed an interest in agricultural systems and earned her M.S., focusing on crops of agricultural interest from a biotechnological perspective. She earned an AA in Plant Sciences from Imperial Valley College while assisting in different research projects at UCCE Imperial County. She has been a Science teacher for youth and adults since teaching is one of her passions, and now she is excited to work at UCCE ad assist local farmers and ranchers applying new practices to take care of the environment and resources.

Ana Resendiz


(442) 265-7700


2023 Guidelines

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Welcome to our new Community Education Specialist II

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I am a native of Imperial Valley with a beautiful family and cherished friends. My heart are my two daughters, Melanie and Brianne. They both are also working to serve their community, Brianne an English Teacher Credential Major and Melanie working on her MPH.

I knew I was passionate about education; however, there are so many essential areas of education! I began my education at Imperial Valley College and attended San Diego State University with a Bachelors in Applied Arts & Sciences (Liberal Studies). My work experience includes, the Public Health Department as a Health Educator, and with preschool children preparing evidence-based thematic curriculums countywide for Imperial County. To supplement my education degree, I have successfully completed CSET, CBEST exams to further support, my availability in the education realm.  I am currently working on my Master of Education to better understand, and further support the needs in the community. I am learning from the knowledgeable team of UCCE, and look forward to support, and enrich UCCE Cal-Fresh Healthy Living Projects!

I am grateful to be part of the UC Cooperative Extension Cal-Fresh Healthy Living Program team!

Arlene W. Silva

University of CA-Cooperative Extension – Imperial County

1050 E. Holton Road

Holtville, CA  92250


(442) 265-7715

Welcome to our New Office Supervisor II

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WELCOME to our New Office Supervisor II

Lupe L. Ibarra



I’ve lived in the Imperial Valley all my life and proudly raised 3 wonderful kiddos here, all graduates from Southwest High School.

As a child, my grandparents owned a small 40-acre ranch in Brawley on Brant Road.  I have very fond memories of riding around on my father’s tractor as a little girl.

My grandparents owned a restaurant in Brawley from 1960 through the late 1970’s.  The restaurant served American, Mexican and Chinese cuisine.  The family business later transitioned into a family catering company serving Arizona, Palm Springs, San Diego, Riverside and Los Angeles.  As a teenager, I worked in the catering business on weekends.

My education includes graduating from Brawley Union High School in 1992.  I attended IVC for 2 years then transferred to University of Phoenix where I pursued a BSBM (Bachelor of Science in Business Management).

I began working for Imperial County 25 years ago and remained at Behavioral Health working as a Children’s Mental Health Behavioral Therapist until my transition to the Cooperative Extension on May 16th, 2022.  I am excited to challenge myself with something new.  I’ve always been grateful for Agriculture and honored to reside in Imperial County.

I appreciate the warm welcome I’ve received thus far and I also appreciate the opportunity to be a part of this innovative program of UC Cooperative Extension – Imperial County.

Contact Information:

Lupe L. Ibarra

UCCE – Imperial County

1050 E. Holton Road

Holtville, CA  92250


(442) 265-7700

4 Tips To Stay Healthy with CalFresh Healthy Living - UCCE Imperial County

Check out our latest youtube video!!!



Kids R Us Preschool

Great video in Spanish.  Wonderful job that CalFresh is doing in our preschools.






Desert Research and Education Center


Watch this short but very informative video about DREC.


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Insights: Water and Drought Online Seminar Series

The latest research-based advice on weathering a drought is now available free online.  The UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources is working to help farmers cope with the unwelcome outcome of historically low rainfall the last three years.  UC scientists, with support from the California Department of Water Resources, have recorded video presentations on high-priority drought webpages.

Each presentation is about one half hour in length and are available at the link below:


Click here to visit the Online Seminar Series

Drought Information

The University of California has been extensively involved in research and implementation of water conservation/management strategies throughout the state.  A lot is knows about when and how to most effectively use limited water supplies.  The links below contain a brief introduction. Additional information is available at UC ANR drought website.  http://ciwr.ucanr.edu/California_Drought_Expertise/


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Moringa Awareness and Production Workshop 10/13/2022
Vegetable Crops Planting & Harvesting Calendar
UC Food Blog

Contact Information

Imperial County
UC Cooperative Extension
1050 East Holton Road
Holtville, CA 92250-9615

Phone: 1-442-265-7700
Fax: 1-442-265-7723

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