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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. ”

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9:04PM PST on Feb 1, 2013

Hard working guys, we need more farmers just like Preston and others alike, well done

4:54PM PST on Feb 1, 2013

To be a farmer is to have faith in the future. I wish you and all farmers, enough. Enough sun, rain, healthy plants and enough profits to keep going.

5:59PM PST on Jan 31, 2013

Sweet! Keep at it Preston.

9:00PM PST on Jan 29, 2013

farmers are using bush management techniques to rehabilitate the natural ecosystem. Not only is the environment healthier, but so are his profits.
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8:20PM PST on Jan 26, 2013

Thank you Preston for continuing the farming tradition. Good to see that even farmers are trying to conserve and to involve technology into the farm life.

6:30PM PST on Jan 26, 2013

What happened with Drip Irrigation? This is by far and away the best water conservation measure any farmer could employ. The irrigation lines are ONLY in the planted field, with the use of water sensors, and a drip system one could save millions of gallons.

1:00PM PST on Jan 26, 2013

this is great, hope other farmers do the same, thanks for sharing this

6:11AM PST on Jan 26, 2013


8:41PM PST on Jan 25, 2013

Most water will cease to be wasted as soon as we give up the animal diet

8:24PM PST on Jan 25, 2013


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