History and Mission

In 1951, 100 northwest Georgia farmers each donated $250 to buy land for an agricultural experiment station. Their efforts led to the development of what is now the Northwest Research and Education Center in Calhoun.

The original unit had 28 acres of land and houses the main office building with a large conference room, and a large multi-use livestock pavilion located in Calhoun. In an effort to better serve the needs in Calhoun and the surrounding areas, the office building also houses animal and dairy science, poultry science, office of information technology, 4-H and UGA Extension offices.

The Floyd County unit, located near Rome, was transferred to the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in 1966 from the state health department. It has 905 acres of land and is used primarily for beef cattle breeding research and some row crop research.

The Calhoun Bull Evaluation Center was established at this farm to evaluate the performance, growth potential, and breeding soundness of bulls to help identify the best genetics and improve the beef industry. The Calhoun Herd Heifers are also tested at this facility. The herd program, which is similar to the bull evaluation program, evaluates heifers for reproductive soundness and disposition.

The Gordon County unit, located in the Red Bud community, was purchased in 1996 and has 653 acres used for beef cattle research, forages and organic waste recycling. This farm has about 225 cows, 100 replacement heifers and several stocker calves. These cattle are used to research creep grazing, fat supplementation, heifer replacement development, collect and evaluate carcass data and evaluate forages. Forage projects include legume varieties, cool and warm-season varieties and Bermuda variety testing. Other projects conducted have tested the effects of poultry litter on fescue, and the effects that recycled waste products have on water quality.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How large is the facility?

NWREC is just over 900 acres and has nine employees.

What research is conducted here?

Beef cattle, forage variety trials and statewide variety trials are all researched at NWREC. 

How many projects and staff are involved? 

There are 20 current projects conducted by statewide variety trial staff, UGA animal and dairy science, crop and soil sciences professors and UGA vet students.

How do I arrange a visit?

Contact Katie Hammond at (706) 624-1398 or khammond@uga.edu.

What are the hours of operation?

Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.