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.
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CAES Events

The Preventive Controls Rule requires that each facility have Preventive Control Qualified Individuals for the development and implementation of Hazard Analysis and Risk-based Preventive Controls for Human Foods. This course provides the required training. The curriculum is designed for food industry professionals with responsibility for the development and implementation of a food safety plan. Attendees who complete the course will be recognized as Preventive Controls Qualified Individuals (PCQI). This two-and-a-half-day course was developed by the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance, a broad-based public-private alliance created by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH) in cooperation with the Association of Food and Drug Officials. This training will take place in Athens, Georgia on November 29th - Dec. 1st.   Registration closes on 11/22 at 4:00 pm. 
Nov 29
11/29 8:00AM - 12/01 12:00PM Preventative Controls Qualified Individuals Workshop Food Science, ATHENS, GA
Private event.
Nov 30
11/30 7:00AM - 12/02 5:00PM GA Milestones EOC Assessments UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center, Tifton, GA
Photovoltaic Solar Panels and Greenhouse Crop ProductionParker Persons, MS research proposalpresenting from the Athens campus Wednesday, November 303:00pm – 3:30pmThree available in-person meeting locations. 1205 Miller Plant Sciences (Athens), 111 Student, Learning Center (Griffin), and the Conference Room-Horticulture building (Tifton) Email mariatwedt@uga.edu for zoom link which is only provided to UGA personnel, students and colleagues.
Nov 30
3:00PM - 4:00PM Horticulture Graduate Seminar: Photovoltaic Solar Panels and Greenhouse Crop Production Miller Plant Science, ATHENS, GA