History

The Attapulgus Research and Education Center was originally the Shade Tobacco Experiment Station, established in 1939 to help the region's many shade tobacco farmers at the time. It operated under the Coastal Plain Experiment Station in Tifton. In the 1950s, the Campbell Soup Company Research Farm in the nearby town of Climax was interested in growing okra and other horticultural crops and requested that such research be conducted on the station.

In 1974, with the shade tobacco industry gone from Georgia, the name was changed to the Extension-Research Center. The new center helped the former tobacco farmers learn to grow vegetable crops. In 1990, it was named the Attapulgus Research Farm. It later became the Research and Education Center it is today.


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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


How large is the center and how many employees occupy it?

AREC has 5 employees and spans 300 acres.

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What is researched at this center?

AREC hosts research on peaches, pecans, peanuts, corn, soybeans, cotton and watermelons.

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How many projects and staff are involved?

There are 36 ongoing projects along with 16 scientists and 45 staff that will accompany the scientists throughout the year along the the staff at AREC.

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Do only UGA scientists conduct research at this center?

UGA scientists aren't the only scientists that conduct research. Scientist also come from the University of Florida out of Gainesville , Florida and the USDA, of Byron, Georgia.

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How can I arrange a visit or tour of AREC?

To arrange a visit or tour, you may call or email Billy Mills at bmill@uga.edu or Kimberly Hornsby atkhornsby@uga.edu. You may also call AREC at (229) 465-3421.

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What are the center's hours of operation?

Hours of operation are Monday-Friday  8 a.m. to 5 a.m.