Senate Spotlight

Senator David Perdue highlighted Smart Irrigation efforts in Georgia in a recent Senate Agriculture Committee meeting on May 21, 2019.

“Farmers will have to grow 70 percent more food than what is currently produced to feed the world’s growing population by 2050. We don’t solve this problem with big government. We solve this problem by bringing public and private stakeholders together to find solutions. In my home state of Georgia, we have provided those tools through public private partnerships. One example of these partnerships that I am proud of is the University of Georgia’s Stripling Irrigation Research Park. Through buy-in from federal, state, and private partners, Stripling Irrigation is on the cutting edge of precision agriculture. A great example is their work on Variable Rate Irrigation which has shown to provide an average of 15 percent reduction in water usage. This is one of many examples of public and private entities working together to solve a problem not because they were told to by the government, but because it is good for both the producers’ bottom line and the environment.”

- Senator David Perdue (R-GA)

Photograph courtesy of Matt Hanner