By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau Communication Director: For farmers and ranchers wanting to use drones on their farms and ranches, a technology revolution was
On Monday, new Federal Aviation
Agriculture is regularly cited as a top industry user of drone technology.
But don’t get too comfortable. While industry experts say the new rules on commercial drones largely make it easier for companies to use the unmanned aerial vehicles, a lot of constraints still exist.
And, yes, it’s a wild time to be applying the new technology opportunities especially when we’re told the FAA expects hundreds of thousands of drones to be used commercially within the year. All this while we’re discussing self-driving cars, the smart-city movement and other innovations on and off the farm.
“The FAA forecasts there could be as many as 600,000 unmanned aircraft used commercially during the first year after this rule is in place,” FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said in a press conference. “Drones are helping to create a whole new means of realizing the American dream,” he later stated.
And, on the
The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, the industry trade group, estimates the industry will create more than 100,000 jobs and generate more than $82 billion for the economy in the first 10 years of being integrated into the national airspace. Agriculture will be part of what’s contributing to this as our industry along with aerial photography, real estate, various inspections, and filmmaking are listed as the top commercial users of the drone technology.
These new rules will have us flying high.