Ray Covington Superintendent
Georgia Mountain Research and Education Center

Georgia Mountain Research and Education Center

195 Georgia Mountain Experiment Station Rd., Blairsville, GA, 30512

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Our Work and Priorities

The Georgia Mountain Research and Education Center lies in the uppermost part of the state in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Established in 1930, the 445-acre station provides assistance to farmers in the mountain region, giving them information applicable to the area with its own distinct soil and climatic conditions. It resides in USDA Zone 7A, having a shorter 180-day growing season with an average rainfall of 57 inches.

Current research focuses on commodities including apples, grapes, blueberries, field corn, sweet corn, soybeans, fescue, orchard grass, alfalfa, ryegrass, tomatoes and beef cattle. The climate is perfect for evaluating cold hardiness for new cultivars that include Alfalfa, Crape Myrtle, Vitex, Abelia, Bermuda, Centipede and Zoysia turf grasses. Additionally, UGA graduate students often conduct their own research at the center.

Georgia Mountain REC hosts over 4,000 children annually with the help of the Community Council. This group also promotes educational seminars and maintains a public garden on the campus. We also closely collaborate with nearby Extension faculty and the Union 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

Join us Tuesday, September 29 at 5:30 p.m. for the annual College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences recruitment event. You must pre-register online. Login information will be provided after pre-registration.
Sep 29
5:30PM - 7:30PM ShowCAES 2020 Recruitment Event (Zoom meeting) https://t.uga.edu/6eX
The UGA IPBGG GSA is ecstatic to invite you to our first webinar of this semester's webinar series. We are all in for a treat with the speakers who have graciously offered to speak to us. Our kick-off webinar will be on September 30th at 9 am EST. The speaker will be Dr. Jan Low, who was awarded the World Food Prize in 2016 for her work on biofortification along with two other CIP sweet potato breeders and Dr. Howarth Bouis of HarvestPlus. Dr. Low is a scientist with the International Potato Center (CIP), based in their regional office for Africa in Nairobi, Kenya. Having worked over 25 years in sub-Saharan Africa, she has focused with her team at CIP on developing and promoting biofortified orange-fleshed sweet potato to combat vitamin A deficiency.
Sep 30
9:00AM - 10:30AM WEBINAR (via Zoom): Developing Effective Breeding Programs and Delivery Systems for Biofortified Sweetpotato in Sub-Saharan Africa by Jan Low https://zoom.us/j/91742903592
The UGA VIRTUAL Food, Agricultural, Environmental, and Sciences Career and Internship Fair will be held on Handshake.
Oct 06
1:00PM - 4:00PM Food, Agricultural, Environmental and Sciences Career and Internship Fair (Virtual) https://uga.joinhandshake.com/login