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Is the Future of Agriculture in the Skies?

When precision technology and GPS became common language in agriculture, few folks in the industry thought unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) would be the next logical step for taking technology to the field. “Monitoring crops from the sky is here now and the science is getting better at it everyday,” says Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Agent Fred M. Hall in Tarrant County. “If local producers and growers have an interest in developing this technology on there farms, they should mark their calendar for the North Texas Drones in Agriculture Seminar on June 24”, notes Hall. The program runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, June 24 in the Magnolia Room at the Tarrant County Resource Connection in Fort Worth.

Presenters for the day will include Dr. Alex Thomasson, an agricultural engineer from Texas A&M University, who will cover the basics of the new technology. He will be followed by UAS Aviation Safety Inspector Al Brunner who will address what the FAA rules are for today in agriculture. After lunch, several industry represents will review and demonstrate what their produces can do. Vendors include Bill Thomas from Drone Global Network and Brandon Lee from ArchAerial. The final item on the agenda will be a round-table discussion where farmers can ask the presenters questions.

The $25 registration will include program materials, refreshments, lunch and two continuing educational units for Texas Department of Agriculture pesticide applicator license holders. Deadline to register for the meal count is Monday June 20.

Registrations can be made on-line at: http://agrilife.org/urbantarrantag/program-registration or by calling your local Extension office. In Tarrant County call 817.884.1945.

 

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