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U.S. farmers hoping to use drones to locate lost livestock or monitor trouble spots in their fields were disappointed by what they say are overly restrictive commercial drone rules proposed Sunday by the Federal Aviation Administration.
Karl Plume and P.J. Huffstutter
February 18, 2015
Even more of North Dakota is now a testing ground for unmanned aircraft following a decision Feb. 11 from the Federal Aviation Administration.
The FAA approved a request by the Northern Plains Unmanned Aerial Systems Test Site to conduct unmanned aircraft system flights in this designated area.
“It’s good for the FAA. It’s good for the industry. It’s good for us,” says the test site’s executive director, Bob Becklund.
The use of drones in the agriculture industry may not get off the ground, according to a farm industry leader.
Paul Gunderson, director of the Dakota Precision Ag Center, spoke on the topic Tuesday at the Precision Ag Action Summit in Jamestown. The Dakota Precision Ag Center is located at Lake Region State College at Devils Lake and does testing and research on technologies related to precision agriculture.
An Oregon man has been fined $1,000 for violating a ban on drones at U.S. parks by flying an unmanned aircraft in Yellowstone National Park where it buzzed bison and startled tourists gathered at a popular geyser basin, a park spokesman says.
Agriculture, mining and numerous other industries are likely to be cleared to fly drones now that U.S. regulators have allowed remote-piloted planes to shoot television and movie scenes, according to the key lawyer in the regulatory action.
Drones flew above a demonstration field recently in West Fargo, N.D. Someday, drones could be commonplace above Upper Midwest fields and pastures — provided the Federal Aviation Administration releases some long-awaited guidelines.
After seeing one in action, Duane Lunne could see himself buying a drone.
The Dallas, S.D., cattle farmer and his friend Brad Kahler, of Colome, live two miles apart and were checking out a drone demonstration on Aug. 19, the opening day of Mitchell’s Dakotafest. The drones look cool, for sure, hovering and flying, with the high-quality models traveling up to 35 to 40 mph and weighing only 3 to 5 pounds.
Topics at this year’s Precision Ag Action Summit in Jamestown, N.D., ranged from Google Glass, a technology for putting a smartphone into eyeglass frames, to unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), to the quality and ability to use data, which is becoming so voluminous that it has its own name — big data.
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