Authors as Published

Crystal Kyle, Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Agricultural Leadership, Community and Education, Virginia Tech; Dan Swafford, Project Associate, Virginia Cooperative Extension; Don Ohanehi, Research Scientist, Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, Virginia Tech; Morgan Paulette ANR agent, Virginia Cooperative Extension; Kim Niewolny, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, Department of Agricultural Leadership, Community, and Education, Virginia Tech; and Kirk Ballin, Program Coordinator, AgrAbility Virginia, Easter Seals UCP.

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Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), more commonly referred to as drones, are becoming increasingly popular. A new area of attention is the use of drones in agriculture. Though drones may be used by anyone, they may have special implications for those with physical challenges on farms. As the average population of America’s farmers increases so does the possibility that these farmers and ranchers will face physical injuries or illnesses that have the potential to slow down production and increase safety concerns. The drone may be a way to address some of the issues.


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Publication Date

January 15, 2018