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Preston Jimmerson is one of many farmers The Nature Conservancy partners with in the Flint River Basin, where he grows cotton and peanuts. He has embraced the innovative water-saving practices the Conservancy has helped bring to the region.
Hear what he has to say.
The next time you open a can of nuts or put on a cotton T–shirt, thank the Flint River in southwest Georgia. More peanuts and pecans are grown in this part of Georgia than anywhere else in the United States, and the production of cotton and sweet corn isn’t far behind.
Because agriculture in the Lower Flint River Basin uses a lot of water, partnering with farmers is critical to water conservation efforts. For more than a decade, The Nature Conservancy has collaborated with local farmers, university researchers and conservation agencies to build a powerful partnership. The goal: move innovative water conservation practices from the research laboratory to the working farm.
Since 2004, the Conservancy has worked with more than 1,000 farmers in the region and implemented water conservation practices on 250,000 acres of land. In a dry year, these practices save up to 15 billion gallons of water.