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J. Phil Campbell Sr. Research and Education Center

J. Phil Campbell Sr. Research and Education Center

1420 Experiment Station Road, Watkinsville, Georgia 30677

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Our Work and Priorities

The center's staff maintains a herd of 200 Angus and Angus-based brood cows and currently supports research in many areas including forage production and utilization by beef cattle, alfalfa breeding and production, fescue breeding, clover breeding, corn production strategies, and cotton variety trials. The area's climate and soils are suited for most of the commodities grown in the southern piedmont region.

In addition to the center's main priority of CAES research, its proximity to campus makes an ideal location for teaching and extension functions as well. JPCREC houses the Oconee County Cooperative Extension office as well as the North Region Agricultural Education offices.

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.



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
A decade ago, University of Georgia plant scientists David and Soraya Bertioli were living and working in Brazil when they began to wonder about peanut plants they encountered in different corners of the world with an astounding ability to withstand fungal diseases without the use of fungicides. The Bertiolis wondered if these different plants might all have something in common. Did they owe their natural resistance to a single genetic source?
Wayne Hanna, best known for developing TifTuf, the strongest turfgrass ever produced at UGA, has established several endowments supporting research at the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. CAES News
Renowned researcher establishes endowment to support Georgia Mountain Research and Education Center
For nearly 50 years, turfgrass researcher Wayne Hanna pursued his professional goals at the University of Georgia, first with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS), then as a full professor in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

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
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