About Kearney Agricultural Center
Located 15 miles southeast of Fresno in the central San Joaquin Valley, one of the most productive agricultural areas in the world, Kearney is the University of California's largest off-campus agricultural research facility.
Kearney's mission is to provide state-of-the-science research and educational programs to promote sustainability of California's 24.5 billion dollar agriculture industry, and to enhance the quality of the rural environment. To that end, a multi-disciplinary team of 25 faculty members drawn from UC Davis, UC Riverside, and UC Berkeley are permanently assigned to Kearney for the benefit of the people of the San Joaquin Valley, and of California in general. When combined with technical and support staff, students and post-docs, and visiting scientists from around the world, Kearney routinely houses more than 125 employees.
For more than 35 years, Kearney has achieved international acclaim for leadership in areas such as development of new fruit, nut, and grape varieties, innovative cultural and irrigation practices, and pest and disease management techniques. In addition, Kearney specializes in postharvest biology, working with growers, packers, and shippers of fresh market crops to reduce losses and provide consumers of California produce, near and far, with top quality products.
Kearney also carries a leadership role in maintaining the high quality of California's rural environment, with programs in important fields including air and water quality, and mosquito management.