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

Facilities

Administration
Dormitories
Conference Room Capacities
Greenhouses
Postharvest
Sample Handling
Insectaries
Wet Labs


The Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center has 170,000 square feet of facilities consisting of 45 offices, 40 laboratories and 30 greenhouses. Other available resources include a postharvest lab, drying equipment, cold storage, a weighing lysimeter and a weather station.

Conferences, workshops, seminars and other educational activities are accommodated by a 240-seat conference facility and smaller meeting rooms. Office and laboratory space is available on an as-needed basis for temporary and visiting scientists. A dormitory with overnight space for 12 occupants is available.

Administration

KARE administration office provides financial, administrative, and human resource support to administration, environmental health and safety, field research and farm operations, physical plant operations and maintenance, specialized facility research operations, and the IR4-field research center. Support is also provided to researchers that reside both on and off the center.
Kearney has a fully equipped farm machinery shop staffed with skilled personnel. The shop is capable of performing most maintenance and repairs of farm machinery along with custom modification and fabrications of specialized equipment.

Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center has two furnished dorms to meet the housing needs of University employees conducting research or teaching activities at the center. Non-UC visiting scientists may be accommodated on a case-by-case basis.

Dormitories

Each of the two dormitories has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a kitchen, a living/dining area, and a laundry room.

Each bedroom has two or three twin size bunk beds. The dorms have phones, wireless internet, satellite television, appliances, kitchen utensils, dishes, cleaning supplies, a common barbeque area, and general cleaning services. Each occupant needs to bring his or her own pillow, sheets, blankets, sleeping bag, towels, toiletry items, food and laundry supplies. Each occupant is also responsible for daily housekeeping.

Conference Room Capacities

The Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center manages three conference rooms for meetings, workshops and seminars.

Nectarine Room - Maximum 240 occupants
Walnut Room - Maximum 75 occupants
Raisin Room - Maximum 10 occupants
A Workshop area is also available for qualified users.

Greenhouses

Siebring soil pasteurizer
Pro-Grow ½-yard capacity electric soil pasteurizer
Greenhouse Day time
Autoclave
Computer controls, monitoring, and alarms for 24 of the 30 greenhouses
Automated shade curtain, energy curtain, heating, cooling, power outlet
Infrastructure for automated supplemental growth lighting
Spare computer control inputs and outputs for research-specific modifications
Automatic backup generators for cooling and heating for 29 of the 30 greenhouses

Key components of the research greenhouse complex include:

24 greenhouse modules providing for separation of projects to reduce study conflicts. There are 12 modules at 24 ft x 18 ft, 12 modules at 24 ft x 25 ft.

Screened central intake plenums, framed glass, and concrete floors enable a high level of hygiene and pest/pathogen containment or exclusion.

Galvanized expanded metal benches with adjustable height assist in hygiene, disease control and research design flexibility.

Irrigation water, reverse osmosis water, and infrastructure for house fertilizer water provide for research design flexibility.

Computer control and monitoring via a QCom greenhouse control program enables history sample collection of weather and module conditions and assists control of variables. Each module has spare inputs and outputs for research design flexibility.

Heating and cooling is accomplished with automated plenum vents, unit heaters, exhaust fans, circulating fans, automated shade curtain and evaporative cooling pads.

Light can be manipulated with automated shade and HID growth light systems.

Research equipment can be connected to automated power outlets. In addition, each module has a compressed air line.

An automated emergency power backup system helps protect research during power outages.

A 5,000-sq-ft headhouse with over 4,000 assignable sq ft has 2 laboratories, a chemical mixing/storage room, 2 large areas for ancillary activities, and steam sterilization pasteurization equipment.

The Headhouse has infrastructure to allow for temporary teaching lab activates.

Postharvest

Electronic fruit sizer and color sorter
Postharvest treater
2 gas mixing boards and associated gas cylinders and manifolds
8 controlled atmosphere tank capable walk-in rooms
18 computer controlled, monitored and alarmed controlled temperature and relative humidity walk-in chambers
4 controlled temperature reach-in boxes that are computer-controlled, monitored and alarmed
Automatic backup generators for the chambers and some of the labs
Gas analysis room
Minolta CR 200
Fruit quality testing equipment
Freeze drier
Scales

Local stone fruit grower, packer and shipper LeRoy Giannini built the first stage of the Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center's postharvest laboratory and donated it to the university in 1992 for the advancement of all growers through postharvest research. Later, a second stage was added to the facility, which now includes:

3 laboratories and 1 gas analysis instrument room
18 controlled temperature and relative humidity rooms (8 of which are capable of controlled atmospheres)
4 controlled temperature chambers
2 gas mixing boards
An electronic fruit sizer and color sorter
A research washer/waxer post harvest treater
Assorted fruit quality testing equipment
A sensory evaluation center to support current and future needs of the agricultural industries and consumers
It is our goal to support Kearney's mission by providing prompt and dependable service.  We have put a priority on energy savings projects and the improvement of the facilities comfort and overall appearance. Our services include work on all types of refrigeration, air conditioning, heating, plumbing, compressed air, vacuum and energy management systems.

Sample Handling

3 controlled temperature and relative humidity walk-in chambers that are computer controlled, monitored and alarmed
3 large and 1 small forced air driers
Scales
Assorted reach-in freezers and incubators

Insectaries

Infrastructure for growth rooms

Wet Labs

Infrastructure for wet lab activities

Sewer System Management Plan

Sewer System Management Plan (SSMP) – this plan was developed to meet the requirements of the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) and describes the Center’s sanitary sewer system, including measures to prevent, detect, respond to and report spills or overflow of the system. It also lists the personnel responsible for operation of the facility and implementation of the SSMP, as well as emergency response procedures.

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