History and Mission

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.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How large is the facility?

Attapulgus spans 300 acres and has five employees.

What research is conducted here?

Trials primarily include peaches, pecans, peanuts, corn, soybeans, cotton and watermelons as well as pest and disease management.

How many projects and staff are involved?

There are about three dozen ongoing projects along with about 16 scientists and 45 staff throughout the year, in addition to the year-round staff at the center.

Who conducts research at this center?

Although UGA faculty are the main project coordinators here, scientists also come from the University of Florida and the nearby USDA office in Byron.

How can I arrange a visit or tour of this REC?

To arrange a visit or tour, email Judie Dozier.

What are the center's hours of operation?

The hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.