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New Laws Make Agricultural Drone Use More Difficult

Organic Farm Land Crops In California. Blue skies, palm trees, multiple layers of mountains add to this organic and fertile farm land in California.Farmers have been using drones since they first came out, but recent legislation in the United States is making it more  difficult for these farmers to make use of the drones that they might already own. New laws increase the restrictions on farmers, and also require them to go through a licensing process and to follow specific steps each time that the drone is used. The requirements don’t make it impossible to use a drone on the farm, but they certainly make it more difficult. This is something that farmers will have to think about if they are planning on obtaining a drone, or if they are already making use of one.

How Farmers Use Drones

Drones aren’t just popular for recreational use or for taking aerial photos, they are also being used quite heavily by farmers across the country. That’s because drones offer a bird’s eye view of vast tracts of property all at once, and they are quite easy to use.

Farmers rely on drones to monitor crops and livestock across their land. A good quality drone makes it easier than ever to see what livestock have been getting in to, and to track down lost livestock that might have escaped a pen. Farmers can accomplish all these tasks without a drone, and they have been doing so for hundreds of years, but that doesn’t mean that they should have to. Drones speed up daily tasks and help farms run more efficiently.

New Drone Restrictions

There are new rules that were put in place for the commercial use of small drones, or drones under the weight of 55 lbs. Now farmers are expected to go through a licensing process and obtain an unmanned aerial license and pass a knowledge test to prove that they know how to be safe with the equipment.

Farmers also have to go through specific pre-flight and post-flight steps in order to comply with the law. There is also a lengthy application process in order to secure licensing to use a drone commercially in the United States. All these additional requirements make it more difficult to get started with a drone, but they don’t make it impossible. Farmers will just have to decide if it’s worth the trouble to legally use a drone. Some will likely just continue using their drones without meeting the legal requirements and others will sell it off and rely on older techniques to get the job done.

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