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Federal, state and local officials join UGA President Morehead to dedicate the Campbell Center

Athens, Ga. – University of Georgia officials will host a dedication ceremony for the J. Phil Campbell Sr. Research and Education Center at 9 a.m. on Jan. 21 in Watkinsville, Ga. The facility becomes the newest research and education center in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences network of research facilities across the state.

Formerly a USDA Agricultural Research Service research station, the 1055-acre farm and laboratory complex was formally transferred to the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences to help expand the college’s education, research and outreach programs.
UGA President Jere Morehead; Dean J. Scott Angle, of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences; Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black; U.S. Representative Jack Kingston; State Representative Terry England, chairman of the Georgia house agricultural appropriations committee; Oconee County Commission Chairman Melvin Davis and other local dignitaries will be on hand to celebrate the successful transfer of the center.

The program will include remarks from local and state dignitaries between 9 and 10 a.m. followed by a ribbon cutting and tours of the facility with several opportunities for photography.

In 2011, as the USDA was moving to close similar sites around the nation, Congress approved a provision specifying ten land-grant universities could take ownership of such facilities, provided they agree to utilize the property for agricultural research for a minimum period of 25 years. UGA is the first land-grant university to complete the transfer process and take over management of a former USDA facility.

The Campbell Center has a strong legacy under the USDA of research into grazing land and cattle herd management, soil protection and carbon sequestration, water quality and conservation, animal and cropping systems and integrated watershed research. UGA and the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences are committed to continuing and expanding that legacy.

“The acquisition of the Campbell property from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will allow the University of Georgia to continue the important research that has been conducted here for decades,” said UGA President Jere W. Morehead.

Access to the facility will allow, UGA faculty to investigate sustainable agriculture practices and their impact on the natural environment from a systems-based perspective. The center currently houses about 20 ongoing UGA research projects on sustainable grazing systems, nutrient cycling, water quality, organic production and forage variety trials.

The center also serves as the home of the Oconee County Extension Office, an outdoor classroom for UGA courses and the hub for the UGA Extension Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Training Program-a hub for information for beginning and limited-resource farmers which offers support, workshops and other resources.

The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is Georgia’s home for cutting-edge research, student-focused instruction and innovative Extension and outreach programs.

The college, founded in 1859, is one of the 17 colleges that make up the University of Georgia.

On three campuses across Georgia-in Athens, Griffin and Tifton-CAES offers courses of study in 22 majors, 17 minors and 30 graduate programs that cover the breadth of agricultural, environmental and life sciences. In each field, students are able to work directly with world-class researchers who are finding answers to tomorrow’s food supply and environmental questions today.

The college’s team of more than 250 Extension agents in 157 Georgia counties works to make sure Georgians have access to the latest research-based information to help farmers be more productive and families lives healthy, safe and meaningful lives.

For more information about CAES and its impact on Georgia, see