Attapulgus Research and Education Center

254 N. Griffin Avenue, Attapulgus, Georgia 39815

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Our Work and Priorities

The Attapulgus Research and Education Center is located in the southwest corner of Georgia, about five miles north of the state line. Established in 1939, the center continues to help support area farmers by researching crops that can be adapted to the sandy coastal plain soil and local weather conditions.

Current trials are conducted on major agronomic crops including peanuts, corn, cotton and soybeans and  horticultural crops like watermelons, peaches and pecans. Regardless of the crop, the warm, humid climate is ideal for major agricultural insect, weed, nematode and disease problems. This provides a unique setting for UGA researchers to develop novel pest management strategies and tactics, and to screen new crop varieties for pest resistance. 

Additional long term research includes soil fertility experiments, crop rotation studies, and ecological research to look at the impact of native wildflowers on crop production. Much of the research is conducted with either center pivot or with drip irrigation systems. Five full-time employees operate the facility and also partner with the nearby Decatur County Extension Office.

About us

We investigate the latest production and technological practices, striving for producer profitability and sustainability.
Research and Education Centers (RECs) are hubs for innovation and discovery that address the most critical issues facing agricultural production throughout the state. Ultimately, our findings are shared with stakeholders through the extension and outreach efforts of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
Researchers in the US and Senegal are studying why young people leave peanut farming behind and move to the city, an important question for the future of farming in Senegal’s Groundnut Basin. University of Georgia PhD student Pierre Diatta and Virginia Tech’s Brad Mills (far left and left), will present early findings of the study, along with UGA agricultural economist Genti Kostandini (far right), in a webinar next week. The team is working with Katim Toure, a collaborator at ENSA (École Nationale Supérieure d'Agriculture) in Senegal. CAES News
Ag economists offer webinar on why young people leave the farm in Senegal
In a Sept. 22 webinar, researchers from UGA and Virginia Tech will present early findings from research exploring why young people abandon agriculture in Senegal, where more than 1,000 peanut-growing households were surveyed.
Professor David Bertioli and his wife, Soraya Leal-Bertioli, senior research scientist, work together with peanut plants in their greenhouses at the Center for Applied Genetic Technologies. (Photo by Andrew Davis Tucker/UGA) CAES News
Tracking wild peanut genes to improve crop resilience
DNA detectives show how important seed exchange is to food security.

CAES Events

29th Annual Goin’ Hog Wild Car & Truck Show Entry fee $20 pre-registration OR $25 day of show. Cash prizes totaling $500 will be awarded. Purchase a $20 "Goin' Hog Wild" t-shirt and be entered to win a 55" big screen TV. A total of 97 awards will be awarded.
Sep 25
8:00AM - 2:00PM Tiftarea Auto Club Show UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center, Tifton, GA
The seminar will be presented via Zoom: Additionally, in-person viewing rooms will be available at the following locations: Athens: CAGT Room 128 Tifton: NESPAL Room 125 Griffin: SLC Room 102
Sep 30
4:00PM - 5:00PM IPBGG GUEST SEMINAR: Sesame - Modernizing an Ancient Oilseed by Caleb Warrington
The Tifton-Tift County Public Library Foundation is excited to invite you to enjoy a great evening of music and fine dining on Thursday, September 30, 2021 when we proudly present “Chi-Town Transit Authority.” Chi-Town’s emphasis is on the kind of live show that brings down the house and makes you get up and dance! Established in 2017, the “Chicago” tribute group is dedicated to reproducing the “Chicago” concert experience. Your sponsorship of this event will allow the Foundation to continue its support of the Library, online services such as Universal Class, Georgia Download Destination and more. We want to make certain that our library continues to play an important role in Tift County. Thanks to your gifts over the years we have been able to expand Library services for Tifton residents as well as surrounding communities. We depend on the generosity of the community to continue to fund these services.
Sep 30
6:00PM - 11:30PM Chi-Town Transit Authority Dinner and Dance to Benefit the Tifton-Tift County Public Library Foundation UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center, Tifton, GA