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.

CAES Events

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Aug 02
8:30AM - 9:30AM GUEST SEMINAR via ZOOM: Powerful Peanuts - Leveraging Technology for Peanut Cultivar Development Research by Nino Brown
Please join us Wednesday, August 11 for the Midville Field Day.  This will be an in-person event with face-to-face presentations and tours of field research plots.  A sponsored lunch will be provided.  Please pre-register for the field day or  visit our website for more information.
Aug 11
9:00AM - 2:00PM Southeast Research and Education Center Midville Field Day Southeast Research and Education Center, Midville, GA
UGA Center for Food Safety Webinar Series Campylobacter on the rise:                         An old pathogen with new problems Speaker: Dr. Christine Szymanski  Professor in the Department of Microbiology, Complex Carbohydrate Research Center at University of Georgia Date: Wednesday, August 11Time: 10:30 a.m. ETThose on the Griffin Campus may attend in person in the Melton Building Conference Room - space allowing. Or join via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/94963681635 About Dr. Christine Szymanski: Christine Szymanski first began working with Campylobacter jejuni during her PhD in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. She then joined the Enteric Disease Vaccine Program at the Naval Medical Research Center in Silver Spring, Maryland for her postdoctoral studies prior to starting her own independent research career first at the National Research Council in Ottawa, Canada and then back at the University of Alberta, where she formed the company, VaxAlta Inc. with a focus on carbohydrate-based vaccines for livestock. Christine joined the University of Georgia in 2016 where she continues her work on enteric vaccines and is a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology.
Aug 11
10:30AM - 11:30AM Webinar: Campylobacter on the rise https://zoom.us/j/94963681635