Laura’s Links: Ensuring Your Ag-Tech Literacy

Twice monthly, Agriculture Technology and Innovation Program Manager Laura Buck will provide a series of links that touch upon emerging technologies and advances in agriculture. Topics will range from robotics to genetic engineering and everything in between. If it involves agriculture and technology, we want you to know about it (and sound smart when talking to your friends). For questions or comments, contact Laura Buck at

Spotlight on UAV’s (a.k.a. drones):  Last month, Amazon made a splash in publicly speculating about the future use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) for package delivery. Although the private-sector adoption of UAVs seemed strange to some, they’re an accepted technology in the ag world. UAV’s hold immense potential in agriculture, and this potential is starting to be realized. Read and click on…

Drones, Drones on the Range 

Next Farm Tool: Drones

Underground Drone Economy Takes Flight

As mentioned in the above articles, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is currently limiting the commercial use of UAV’s, but this year, six “test bed sides” will be allowed to move forward with some commercial testing. Unfortunately, Indiana is not one of those six sites, so we will have to wait until 2015 when official FAA commercial use regulations are to be implemented.

FAA Selects Unmanned Aircraft Systems Research and Test Sites

And on a completely different note – what do Subway napkins, U-turns and seed technology have in common?  Click the link below to find out.

Corporate Espionage Strikes Iowa’s Agricultural Technology

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