The Flint River Partnership is led by the Flint River Soil and Water Conservation District, USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service, and The Nature Conservancy in cooperation with regional agricultural producers and researchers.

Formed in 2004, the Flint River Partnership has become one of the most innovative conservation initiatives in the country. Together, the Partnership has secured over $18,000,000 in funding for conservation, applying best management practices on over 200,000 acres of irrigated cropland in the Lower Flint River Basin.

I’ve never seen an initiative as creative, as cutting-edge, and as important for the future of agriculture as this initiative here. The partnership that you have here is incredible; it’s not ‘us vs. them.’ It’s a ‘we’ partnership.
— Former USDA-NRCS Chief Dave White during a 2010 visit to the Flint

our vision

To advance innovation in both agriculture and conservation in order to preserve the region's natural resources for future generations and support local producers who contribute to the world's safest and most abundant food supply.


Partners and collaborators

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Terrance Rudolph, State Conservationist
Floyd Hooker, Assistant State Conservationist – Field Operations
Tres Collins, District Conservationist
Ronnie May, District Conservationist
Eugene Barber, District Conservationist

The Nature Conservancy (Georgia Chapter)
Deron Davis, Executive Director
Jared Teutsch, Director of Conservation

Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission
Mitch Attaway, Executive Director
Luke Crosson, Regional Representative

University of Georgia
Calvin Perry, Superintendent of UGA Stripling Irrigation Research Park
Dr. George Vellidis, Professor of Agricultural Engineering
Dr. Wesley Porter, Extension Irrigation Specialist

Golden Triangle RC&D
Rhonda Gordon, Program Coordinator

USDA-ARS National Peanut Research Laboratory
Dr. Marshall Lamb, Research Director