Calvin D. Perry Public Service Assistant
C.M. Stripling Irrigation Research Park

C.M. Stripling Irrigation Research Park

8207 Highway 37, Camilla, GA 31730

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Our Work and Priorities

The University of Georgia created the Stripling Irrigation Research Park (SIRP) to be an innovative irrigation research and education center. The park is an easily accessible facility to offer assistance for farmers in irrigation management as well as to provide general information to the public regarding the role of water in the regional economy.

Scientists, engineers, and extension specialists collaborate with the staff and administration of the park to define crop water needs and improve food, feed, and fiber production using efficient irrigation methods. Industry partners are able to test equipment and water conservation strategies for Georgia under the objective eye of the college’s researchers. SIRP provides educational opportunities and demonstrations for farmers, irrigation companies, as well as students in local technical colleges and universities. Additionally, we often collaborate with the local Mitchell County Extension Office staff. 

Agricultural water conservation is at the forefront of topics in southwest Georgia with the increasing frequency of drought periods and increasing water demands throughout the Apalachicola – Chattahoochee – Flint (ACF) River Basin. Thus, the mission of the Stripling Park has included conservation ideals since its inception. With the ongoing “water wars” over water flow and demand in the ACF River Basin, maximizing efficiency and conservation efforts in this region has become a priority.

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We investigate the latest production and technological practices, striving for producer profitability and sustainability.
Research and Education Centers (RECs) are hubs for innovation and discovery that address the most critical issues facing agricultural production throughout the state. Ultimately, our findings are shared with stakeholders through the extension and outreach efforts of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
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CAES Events

The University of Georgia Department of Horticulture, together with UGA's Institute on Human Development and Disabilities, Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Program, Office of Sustainability, Sustainable Food Systems Initiative, and UGArden, are excited to share the award-winning “Hearts of Glass” documentary to the university community. The film is about Vertical Harvest, an ambitious small business located in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, that combines high-tech local food production and meaningful employment for people with disabilities. Join a discussion with the filmmaker, Vertical Harvest employees, and Clarke County School District and UGA faculty.  Stream the film between Friday, Oct. 23, and Friday, Oct. 30, at showandtell.film/watch/uga and join the panel discussion at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27. Register for the free panel event here. Panelists:• Jennifer Tennican, Director and Producer of “Hearts of Glass"• Sean Stone, Senior Facilities Associate, Vertical Harvest• Kai Hoffman, Senior Grower of Vining Crops, Vertical Harvest • Jennifer Thomas, Special Education Teacher at Clarke County School District Moderator: • Jennifer Jo Thompson, Associate Research Scientist and Director, UGA Sustainable Food Systems Initiative Recently, Vertical Harvest and its CEO Nona Yehia have been named a CNN Champion for Change. This award profiles 10 innovators leading the charge to a better world with new ideas and groundbreaking solutions. Click here to view a promotional clip, or read the CNN article and view the three-minute segment specifically about Vertical Harvest.
Oct 23
10/23 9:00AM - 10/30 11:00PM Hearts of Glass: A Conversation About Growing Plants, Community and Inclusion https://watch.showandtell.film/watch/uga
Students are invited to join four panelists to learn about internship and career opportunities with Corteva.
Oct 28
12:00PM - 1:00PM Ag Dawgs at Work with Corteva https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMtduqurj4tEtJrhLn6mfyuRl8QVX6331nZ
The GrassMasters program is a 7–week long series of seven educational workshops that focus on forage production. Workshops will be held virtually every Monday beginning November 2nd. This program is an INTRODUCTION to forage production systems and is highly recommended for those of you just getting your "feet wet" when it comes to planning or improving a forage system. Programs will be taught by the UGA Forage Team members as well as NRCS staff. Nov. 2 - IntroductionNov. 9 - Fertilization of Perennial GrassesNov. 16 - Pest Management StrategiesNov. 23 - Hay Production and ManagementNov. 30 - Understanding Forage QualityDec. 7 - Grazing Management and PlanningDec. 14 - Improving Soil Health and NRCS Programs $25.00 Register by October 21st
Nov 02
6:30PM - 7:30PM GrassMasters Virtual Series (1 educational workshop per week for 7 weeks) https://tinyurl.com/grassmastersvirtual
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