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Agriculture has always embraced technology and there is a new technology, or at least a new approach to the use of a technology, that may provide significant changes to American farming. And it comes from the sky.
As a former military pilot, I have long monitored the use of airplanes in agriculture – exporting livestock by air, crop dusting, herding livestock by helicopter in Australia or simply flying over a farm to see crops and livestock from a different perspective than a truck. Following the airborne thought, I know creative people see new opportunities for technology in agriculture, in this case the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). I used the term ‘drone’ once, when first discussing this technology with an expert, and was quickly corrected that the proper name is UAV. So, we will use UAV instead of drone for this column.