UC Cooperative Extension - Kern County
2023 Di Giorgio Summer Internship
We are happy to announce that we are, once again, accepting applications for the J. S. Di Giorgio Memorial Summer Internship! This internship is intended to give local agriculture students hands-on exposure to production techniques, integrated pest management strategies, and current UCCE research projects. More information, including candidate requirements, compensation, and how to apply is available at our 2023 Di Giorgio Summer Internship page.
Kern County is located in the southern Central Valley of the state of California. Established in 1866, it extends east beyond the southern slope of the eastern Sierra Nevada range into the Mojave Desert, and includes parts of the Indian Wells Valley, and the Antelope Valley. From the Sierras the county extends across the floor of the San Joaquin Valley to the eastern edge of the Temblor Range, part of the Coastal Ranges. To the south the county extends over the ridge of the Tehachapi Mountains. According to the 2009 census, its population was 807,407. The county seat is Bakersfield (since 1874) with the original county seat being the former mining town of Havilah in the mountains between Bakersfield and Tehachapi.
The county has a large agricultural base and is a significant producer of oil, natural gas, hydro-electric power, wind turbine power, and geothermal power. As of 2009[update], Kern remains California's top oil-producing county, with 81% of the state's 52,144 active oil wells. The county accounts for one-tenth of overall U.S. oil production, and three of the five largest U.S. oil fields are in Kern County. Kern is also noted for its mineral wealth, including gold, borate, and kernite. The largest open pit mine in California, which mines borax, is at Boron in Kern County.
Cooperative Extension is the informal off-campus educational arm of the University of California. It is a part of the Land-Grant College System, that since 1914, has provided the citizens of California and Kern County with the following programs to improve their quality of living.
4-H Youth Development
Citrus, Subtropical Horticulture, Pistachios
Cotton, Small Grains, Corn & Silage
Deciduous Tree Fruits and Nuts
Entomology and Pest Management
Environmental Horticulture / Environmental Science
Irrigation Management & Agronomy
Nutrition, Family and Consumer Sciences
Livestock and Natural Resources
Vegetable Crops Pest Management
All donations will be used exclusively for the delivery of Cooperative Extension programs in Kern County, including 4-H Youth Development, Food and Nutrition Education, and agricultural research.
|YQCA In-Person Training||6/10/2023|
|2023 Kern County Potato Variety Trial Field Day||6/21/2023|
|FINAL Project Medal Testing||6/27/2023|
|Record Books Due for County Judging||7/19/2023|
Kern County Annual Report 2022
The University of California has been extensively involved in research and implementation of water conservation/management strategies throughout the state. A lot is known about when and how to most effectively use limited water supplies. The links below contain a brief introduction. Additional information is available at the UC ANR drought website, which is located at: http://ciwr.ucanr.edu/California_Drought_Expertise/
Tips for Saving Water in Landscape Irrigation
Saving Water in Landscape Irrigation
Livestock and Range Management
Cooperative Extension Kern County
1031 South Mount Vernon Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93307
Phone: (661) 868-6200
Fax: (661) 868-6208
Dr. Brian Marsh