Company Receives Exemption to Fly Commercial UAVs

Kelly Marshall

A Tuscan-based company, FVP CATALOG, has received a rare exemption from the FAA to fly UAVs for commercial purposes.  The Section 333 exemption was granted to only 247 people in the country.  FVP CATALOG owner Bruce Pogosaew spent six months in the complicated process and received it in part because of his willingness to venture into agriculture inspections if farmers begin …

Agribusiness, drone, UAV

InterDrone – International Drone Conference

Chuck Zimmerman

Now this looks like a place for an AgNerd! InterDrone – The International Drone Conference and Expo. It takes place in Las Vegas, September 9-11. Maybe I’ll see you there? That is, if I can go! Right now there is a call for speakers. If you would like to make a presentation at this conference, let them know. There is …

drone, UAV

Farm Bureau: Ag Could Really Soar with Drones

John Davis

Farm Bureau says agricultural drones could really help farmers and ranchers soar to success. This news release says the group submitted comments to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that focused on performance-based standards for the FAA’s rule on the “Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems.” “Drones are the next evolution in American agriculture,” said Dale Moore, AFBF executive …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, drone, Farm Bureau, UAS, UAV

Drones Can Increase Efficiency of Farming

John Davis

Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), better known as drones, will make farming more efficient, lower operating costs, and reduce their environmental impact. That was the message from National Corn Growers Association Manager of Public Policy Clint Raine to a group of policymakers and reporters during a panel about the applications of UAS technology to the agricultural industry. “I’m optimistic about the …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, drone, NCGA

Drones Really Take Off with Farmers and Ranchers

John Davis

Farmers and ranchers are accepting and embracing the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), better known as drones. This news release from Farm Bureau says one of the group’s members, Jeff VanderWerff, went before a Senate subcommittee to explain drones’ value and how farmers and ranchers are leading the way in exploring commercial use for this technology. America’s farmers and …

AFBF, Ag Group, Agribusiness, drone, Farm Bureau, UAV

Mississippi State University Utilizes Drones

Taylor Truckey

Robert Moorehead, Director of Geosystems Research Institute and Northern Gulf Institutes at Mississippi State University, was at the 2015 Mid-South Farm & Gin Show to showcase the research being done on harnessing UAV technology on farm.. Moorehead had a chance to chat with Chuck Zimmerman about their use of UAVs and drones. Geosystems Research focuses on agriculture; they utilize UAV …

Audio, drone, technology

PrecisionHawk & Agri-Trend Provide UAV Services

Jamie Johansen

PrecisionHawk and Agri-Trend announced a partnership to offer PrecisionHawk’s leading UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) data collection, Sensing and Analysis tools to farmers across the US and Canada through the Agri-Trend SkyScout™ Program. This year, the partnership will offer UAV services throughout regions of Canada using trained individuals with the objective to roll out a full commercialization service model in 2016. …

Aerial Application, Aerial Imagery, Agribusiness, Data, drone, UAS, UAV

FAA Posts Proposed Drone Rules

Cindy Zimmerman

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released proposed regulations for the commercial use of small, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones by industries including agriculture. Technically called “unmanned aircraft systems” (UAS), the rules apply to small aircraft under 55 pounds and would limit their use to daylight and to visual line-of-sight operations, which could be a problem for agricultural operations. …

drone, Government, Regulation, UAS, UAV

Popularity of Drone Tech Growing

Jamie Johansen

The discussion of drones in the ag world is at an all time high. Universities across the country are conducting research of all kinds enabling more opportunities. However, those in the agricultural community are not the only ones interested in investing in the future of drone technology. USA Today reported that ten news media companies partnered with Virginia Tech to …

Agribusiness, drone, UAS, UAV

FAA Grants Ag Drone Exemption

Cindy Zimmerman

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) this week granted a regulatory exemption for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operations for agricultural applications. The agency awarded the exemption to Advanced Aviation Solutions in Star, Idaho to use a fixed-wing eBee Ag UAS to make photographic measurements and perform crop scouting for precision agriculture. At the same tim, the agency gave an exemptions to …

drone, Government, UAS, UAV