We are located in the center of Imperial County, one of the premier agricultural regions in the nation. The unique features of the region and the center itself make it ideally suited and offer unequalled opportunities for research.


We offer over 120 acres of test fields in a variety of sizes, offices, labs, greenhouses, and coolers. We offer flexible arrangements from simple land lease to full service project management.


We have been at the forefront of agricultural research for nearly 70 years. The Imperial Star artichoke, disease resistant sugar beets, and irrigation efficiency studies have all been developed at the center.


Ongoing local support has been the hallmark of the center. We have a nearly 70-year history in the local community, knowledge of local conditions, and experience managing projects.


We are a fully independent, non-profit research center that can respond quickly to your needs. We provide land, irrigation water and management, and basic cultivation work.


With its year-round growing season and rich alluvial soils deposited over thousands of years of Colorado River Flooding, Imperial Valley boasts around 450,000 irrigable acres.

Imperial Valley farmers establish a research station

In the late 1940s, Imperial Valley’s farmers established a research center. They worked together to raise enough funds to purchase 160 acres of land, which was then leased to the county and USDA for $1 per year for agricultural research. Much of the Valley’s land was suffering from increasing salinity, and the local growers knew that something had to be done. Not only are the soils highly saline (giving the area its nickname of the Salton Sink), but the irrigation water that is the region’s lifeline brings with it one ton of salt per acre-foot. Like any other region in the West, water is a precious commodity that must be used with increasing efficiency.


On November 3, 1951, the Imperial Valley Conservation Research Center opened its doors as a USDA research station. The station’s research on the use of tile drainage to manage soil salinity brought tens of thousands of acres of farmland back into viable production. Over the next 60 years, research on salinity management continued, along with studies of irrigation, pest control, disease resistance and salinity tolerance.

IVCRC is transferred to the Imperial Valley Conservation Research Committee

In 1999, the station was transferred out of the USDA system to the Imperial Valley Conservation Research Committee, a non-profit organization. Once again, the local agriculture community rallied around the research center and worked to ensure that it continued its important work. The committee of local growers, which had existed in an advisory role, shifted to an operations and management role, making the decision to continue the work of the

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