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March 10, 2006

Albany-- South Georgia farmers can now get a new tool to help them track and manage their water usage.

The Flint River Water Planning and Policy Center developed The Farmer Portal. It's a free web-tool that takes information including crop type, rainfall and yield and shows farmers how much water they've used compared to other Georgia farms.

The state is developing a statewide plan to monitor agricultural water usage with meters but this new web tool would help the individual farmer use water wisely and save money.

"With diesel fuel at $2.50 or whatever it is, it's quite expensive. Farmers arent interested in pumping anymore than they have to," says Executive Director Doug Wilson.

The tool will allow them to save information for a whole year and then compare the data with other years. The Portal will be unveiled on March 21st during the Governor's Agricultural Awareness Week in Atlanta. Developers hope at least 6,000 Georgia farmers will sign on.

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