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Unmanned Systems in Precision Agriculture Conference to be held in Tifton By Clint Thompson

The University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center will host the fourth annual Unmanned Systems in Precision Agriculture Conference on Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 3 and 4, 2016.

The Atlanta and Coastal Plain chapters of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International are sponsoring the conference.

The focus of the conference is to update farmers, Cooperative Extension personnel, researchers, agricultural consultants and agricultural business professionals on the latest research regarding agricultural drone use and the proposed federal and state regulations.

“We will have flight demonstrations, presentations on how to get started using drones on the farm and information on the latest research in the agricultural uses of UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles),” said Glen Rains, a College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences agricultural engineer on the UGA Tifton Campus.

The keynote speaker for the event will be Georgia state Rep. Jimmy Pruett, who is a member of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). He is a member of the National Unmanned Aircraft Systems Study Committee initiative established by the NCSL to examine drone use in the United States.

Registration for the conference is $125 for both days or $85 for one. Applications are being accepted for exhibitor space and sponsorships. For more information, please visit 0017 ugatiftonconference.org 357E .

(Clint Thompson is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences based in Tifton.)

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