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Conservation Success Stories from Around Georgia

Every day, Georgia's farmers are implementing conservation practices on their land. Everyone receives benefits from these conservation practices--benefits such as clean water, healthy soil, abundant food, plentiful wildlife, and clean air.

From time to time we will be highlighting the conservation work that farmers are doing throughout the state by writing a short success story on their farm operation.

Below are the stories of selected farmers throughout the state. Check back often as we will be adding more.

If you want to view the available stories by county, please click below for a link to the success stories in alphabetical order along with a map of the state.

Link to Success Stories in Alphabetical Order

Newly posted: The following documents require Adobe Acrobat.

Map of Georgia with county names and links to success storiesRabun CountyCatoosa CountyPolk CountyLaurens CountyGilmer CountyDawson CountyForsyth CountyEarly CountyWorth CountyWare CountyCamden CountyChatham CountyBurke CountyWilkinson CountyCarroll CountyWalker CountyBulloch CountyWashington CountyColumbia CountyGwinnett CountyDeKalb CountyJenkins CountyTelfair CountyDodge CountyWarren CountyCherokee CountyFranklin CountyCoweta CountyIrwin CountyWayne CountyMurray CountyWhitfield CountyPaulding CountyLumpkin CountyUnion CountyCandler CountyDougherty CountyEchols CountyLowndes CountyJones CountyGreen CountyFulton CountyBanks County Morgan County Peach CountyDecatur CountyBen Hill CountyChattahoochee CountyCalhoun CountyOglethorpe CountyAppling CountyStephens CountyTaylor CountySeminole CountyMitchell CountyFloyd CountyScreven CountyLong CountyMcIntosh CountyBleckley CountyCobb CountyClay CountyUpson CountyDouglas CountyMiller CountyHaralson CountyMarion CountyMadison CountyElbert CountyOconee CountyTeliaferro CountyMcDuffie CountyJasper CountyLamar CountyPierce CountyWheeler CountyMontgomery CountyTreutlen CountyRichmond CountyBacon CountyJeff Davis CountyToombs CountyWalton CountyEmanuel CountyBaldwin CountyHancock CountySpalding CountyGlynn CountyBrantley CountyCook CountyHabersham CountyTattnall CountyWhite CountyPike CountyNewton CountyHart CountyHenry CountyEffingham CountyWilkes CountyTerrell CountyFannin CountyMacon CountyQuitman CountyRandolph CountyHall CountyJackson CountyDooly CountyLee CountyBaker CountyTiff CountyBryan CountyLiberty CountyTalbot CountyLanier CountyPulaski CountyClayton CountyCoffee CountyRockdale CountyTowns County















The following documents require Adobe Acrobat.

David Jackson in the pasture with his sheep

Polk County Sheep Farmer Improves Water Quality and Pastureland with EQIP 

What do sheep, cattle and improved pastureland and water quality all have in common? For Polk County landowner David Jackson, they equal a successful farming operation, with help from the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

Polk - Jackson (PDF) (756 KB) html

Arletha Dixon with her tomato plants.

Urban Farmer Sets Out to Prove That a Healthy Lifestyle Is Possible Anywhere 

Urban farming is a growing trend in the Atlanta metropolitan area. For Fulton County landowner Arletha Dixon, it’s more than a trend – it’s a passion. Dixon’s history in agriculture began with her father’s educational studies in horticulture. Combined with her mother’s commitment to promoting good health as a physician, Dixon adopted her parents’ career paths and began teaching urban agriculture to children.

Fulton - Dixon (PDF) (216 KB) html

One of the many varieties of radishes that Ballard grows.

NRCS Assists a Farm in the Heart of the City

"I’ve been farming since I was knee-high to a duck," said Ballard. "I was raised on a farm in Southern Illinois. When I left home I said I wasn’t going to do this no more and now, we’re right back at it." Curtis Ballard was in the construction industry for many years. When he noticed a sudden change in the industry, he began farming. While Ballard’s 11-acre farm is located just steps away from the airport, in Riverdale, the view of his operation is far from urban.

Clayton - Ballard (PDF) (146 KB) html

Elbert (C) and Casey Durden (R)

EQIP Helps Haralson County Landowners Preserve the Land

After searching the Internet for programs to assist them, Casey Durden found the NRCS service center in Carrollton. The Durdens’ applied for Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and received financial assistance to conduct a prescribed burn, for nutrient and pest management, forest stand improvement, riparian herbaceous cover and forest buffer, as well as tree establishment for a hardwood ecosystem. Tree tubes where used to accelerate the growth of young trees and provide efficient control of weeds.

Haralson - Durden (196 KB) html

Christopher Martin

Suppressing Invasive Pigweed

Research conducted by Stanley Culpepper, extension agronomist, specializing in weed science and others, proved that rolling down rye into a thick mat to block out sunlight is highly effective in the reduction of pigweed seed germination in crop fields. Research also indicates that allowing the cover crop to mature until it blooms, gives the best results by providing an extended period of soil shading. Rye was chosen as the cover crop due to its chemical properties which discourages the "germination" and "growth" of other plants.

Pulaski - Martin (341 KB) html

Morris Prince uses the strip-till method to protect top-soil in his cotton fields.

Third Generation Farmer Conserves Resources through CSP

Statesboro farmer Morris Prince has saved energy, money, soil and time with the help of the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). CSP is a voluntary conservation program that encourages producers to address resource concerns by undertaking additional conservation activities; and improving, maintaining, and managing existing conservation activities.

Bulloch - Prince (247 KB ) html

J.J. Lee owns and operates Lee Farms in Statesboro, Georgia.

High Tunnel Makes the Difference for Lee Farms

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) has made a world of difference for Lee Farms. A hoop house that now sits on the 500 acre farm has extended the operation’s growing season.  

Bulloch - Lee (185 KB ) html