Hansen Agricultural Research and Extension Center
University of California
Hansen Agricultural Research and Extension Center


Nestled in the fertile Santa Clara Valley a few miles from the ocean, the Hansen Agricultural Research and Extension Center (HAREC) conducts leading-edge applied research to support the rich and diverse agricultural and natural resources of Ventura County. The Center supports a broad array of county-wide events including technical training for growers, as well as educational activities for youth, family and the community. The Center works collaboratively with UC Cooperative Extension-Ventura County advisors and programs.

Opportunities for Research and Extension at HAREC (pdf)

Center Highlights 2014 (pdf)

Did you Know? (pdf)    

Ventura County Annual Report


Strategic Plan


Calendar of Events

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Hansen News

  • Meet Our New Summer Intern!

    Added June 1, 2016

    Shanti Sandosham is a Ventura born and Malaysian raised student at Ventura College. Since moving back to California in August of 2015, Shanti has completed her first year at Ventura College earning two scholarships, including an Edison STEM scholarship...

  • Rio Teachers Train for Summer Camp

    Added May 24, 2016
    Demonstration on building a worm-composting bin

    What does it mean to live sustainably? How do we protect our natural resources? Oxnard educators will help youth understand sustainability concepts this summer. Rio School District in Oxnard conducts a district-wide summer camp for their K-6th grade...

  • Ag Day at the Capitol-2016….Golden State on your Plate

    Added March 17, 2016
    West steps of capitol ready for Ag Day

    The west steps of the state capitol building in Sacramento were decked out yesterday surrounded by fruits and vegetables, flowers, animals and displays. All this to celebrate—California agriculture! The yearly event is sponsored by the California...

  • Ventura Eats!

    Added March 7, 2016
    Dr. Rose Hayden-Smith (left), Susana Bruzzone-Miller-HAREC

    Dr. Rose Hayden-Smith, UC Observer, creator and chief contributor, kicks off the March speaker series at Foothill Technology High School in Ventura. Kurt Miller, health, geography and world history teacher at Foothill also oversees the freshman grade...

  • High Schools Students Explore Ag Careers

    Added March 4, 2016

    Over 150 students from Ventura County high schools explored careers in agriculture at the Ag Careers Fair last night at the Ag Museum in Santa Paula. Over 40 movers and shakers in the fields of horticulture, farming and ranching, food science, pest...

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