Putting drones to work in agriculture: 5 effects

From: The Columbian

Most farmers see positives outweighing potential negatives

By MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Herding cattle. Counting fish. Taking an animal’s temperature. Applying pesticides.

When it comes to drones, “your imagination can go pretty wild in terms of what would be possible,” says Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union.

This month, the Federal Aviation Administration issued the first permit for agricultural use of unmanned aerial vehicles. Steven Edgar, president and CEO of ADAVSO, says his Idaho-based business will use a lightweight, fixed-wing drone to survey fields of crops.

Processing of agricultural UAV data being offered

From: Ag Professional

By Agribotix

Drone-enabled or unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) software offered by a leading agricultural data collection and analysis service will provide advanced analysis and reporting to improve crop yield and increase grower profitability, according to a news release distributed worldwide from a Boulder, Colo., company.

We are on the cusp of a new era of farming, where precision agriculture practices offer a new approach to crop management—one that wrings out waste and uses data to maximize crop yields and profits. As in other industries, technology is reshaping farming, it has been pointed out.

Ag leader: U.S. regulation threatens farmers, ranchers

Editor’s Note: The article below is cross-posted from OIRA Watch.

From: The Des Moines Register

Christopher Doering

SAN DIEGO – Excessive regulation by the federal government threatens the viability of farming and ranching, the head of the country’s largest farm group said Sunday.

Bob Stallman, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, used much of his speech to more than 4,500 people at the group’s annual convention to warn of a barrage of regulations from the government. He focused specifically on a rule proposed last spring by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers known as the “Waters of the U.S.” rule.

By ‘Editing’ Plant Genes, Companies Avoid Regulation

From: New York Times


Its first attempt to develop genetically engineered grass ended disastrously for the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company. The grass escaped into the wild from test plots in Oregon in 2003, dooming the chances that the government would approve the product for commercial use.

Yet Scotts is once again developing genetically modified grass that would need less mowing, be a deeper green and be resistant to damage from the popular weedkiller Roundup. But this time the grass will not need federal approval before it can be field-tested and marketed.

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