GOVERNOR BRIAN KEMP DECLARES JULY AS SMART IRRIGATION MONTH
Governor Brian Kemp has declared July 2019 as Smart Irrigation Month in Georgia. Smart Irrigation Month serves as the showcase month to promote the social, economic, and environmental benefits of and farmers’ commitment to the adoption of efficient irrigation technologies, and leading-edge products and services in agriculture, landscape, and turf irrigation.
Governor Kemp stated, “We are proud to recognize our farmers for their efforts in utilizing Smart Irrigation. Using the right amount of water in the right place at the right time enhances the productivity and quality of our Georgia Grown crops and preserves a precious resource for generations to come.”
Water is critically important to citizens and industries across the state of Georgia. New technologies have advanced irrigation methods to optimize water use. A dynamic collaboration of entities in Georgia has teamed up to spotlight Smart Irrigation tools, management practices and the social and economic benefits derived from irrigated agriculture throughout the month of July, to share the message of Georgia’s commitment to water stewardship.
Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black shared, “Georgia has been blessed with an abundance of natural resources that combine to make us Nature’s Favorite State, and our farmers know that keen conservation of these resources is vital to the continued success of our industry and economy as a whole. We applaud our farmers for staying ahead of the curve of environmental stewardship with their proactive implementation of smart irrigation methods.”
Georgia is nationally and internationally recognized for the efficient irrigation technologies developed by irrigation and precision agriculture scientists and researchers that have been tested, refined and adopted industry-wide.
Georgia’s farmers are utilizing water resources to produce high quality, safe, affordable and nutritious fresh food to meet our domestic and global market demands.
Smart Irrigation Month will celebrate our industry’s achievements and commitment to the sustainable use of available water resources.
Smart Irrigation Month is an Irrigation Association initiative.
Photograph by Calvin Perry/UGA