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New rules in U.S. mean agricultural drone use set to grow

Agricultural use of drones is about to take off in the U.S. after being grounded for years by the lack of federal guidelines.


July 7, 2015
By The Associated Press

The small, relatively inexpensive vehicles could replace humans in a variety of ways: transmitting detailed information about crops to combines and sprayers, directing them to problem spots and cutting down on the amount of water and chemicals that a farmer needs to use in those areas.

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, a trade group, says agriculture could account for 80 per cent of all commercial drone use. | READ MORE