Faculty members from the University of Florida, University of Georgia, Albany State University and Auburn University are participating in the FACETS project which is recognized by USDA NIFA as a Regional Center of Excellence. A Project Advisory Committee, comprised of key representatives from agricultural, environmental, regulatory and scientific organizations in the region, helps define expectations for, and evaluate quality of, outcomes and impacts of research, education, and Extension activities.

The goal of the FACETS project is to ensure economic sustainability of agriculture and silviculture in N Florida and S Georgia while protecting water quantity, quality, and habitat in the UFA and the springs and rivers it feeds. We will achieve this goal by accomplishing the following objectives:

A long landscape photo of a pine forest, with a dirt road running through the center of the photoObjective 1: Build a comprehensive modeling platform to predict farm/forest- and regional-scale impacts of alternative land use and production practices on the water quantity, water quality, and economy of North Florida and South Georgia.

Photo of a long metal irrigation machine on wheels, with sprinklers disbursing water over a field of dirt, watering the cropsObjective 2: Engage stakeholders to work together to explore economic-environmental tradeoffs among alternative climate, land use, technology, agricultural Best Management Practices, and policy scenarios to understand changes needed to achieve agricultural water security and environmental protection.

Two people wearing life jackets canoeing on the Santa Fe RiverObjective 3: Conduct innovative agricultural Best Management Practice (BMP) research and demonstration projects. Develop and deliver digital decision toolkits and training programs for diverse stakeholders to bring about preferred changes in agricultural production systems and incentive programs.

Schematic of Project Management Structure

Schematic of Project Management Structure

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