Preston Jimmerson knows the life he’s chosen will not always be easy. He grows cotton and peanuts on hundreds of acres in the lower Flint River Basin in southwest Georgia.
“Being a farmer, there’s a lot of long days and nights and a lot of hard work,” he says. “But there are times when you’re out on the tractor out in the field and you’re by yourself, and you think that you’re doing the same thing in the same place that someone did hundreds of years ago, and there’s just something serene about it. It makes you feel like it’s more than just you – you’re preserving a heritage that America was founded on. ”
A husband and father of two young children, Preston feels the responsibility of providing for his own family and a growing world. “With the agricultural lands available now shrinking due to development and the number of people in the world growing exponentially, it’s going to be much more critical to be as efficient as possible.”
Innovative Water Conservation Practices
In southwest Georgia, and many other places around the world, efficiency means using less water. As global drought conditions continue and demand increases, farmers struggle to grow the crops needed to feed and clothe the world. And sometimes, heavy crop irrigation can mean that native and threatened plants and animals fight to survive as more resources are used to produce the things we need.
“With the need now to grow more with less… the only way we can do that is through efficiency, and the biggest tool we have to do that is technology. ”