The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International or AUVSI projects unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs could be responsible for 100,000 new jobs by 2025. More than 80 percent of those could be in agriculture.
Companies like Memphis, Tenn.-based Entira are trying to learn all they can about the phenomenon so they can help educate their clients on their use, according to Kelli Polatty, an associate with Entira who spoke at the monthly meeting of the Mid-South National Agri-Marketing Association chapter.
“What that means for our company and what we want to help other companies do is to learn how we get involved in it now, understand it and be able to provide for our clients when the regulations are in place in September, 2015,” she said. “Currently, no commercial use is allowed; there are exceptions for research and testing, but there is a long process to get through to be approved for that.”
Polatty said the company is putting together the Delta AgTech Symposium, which will be held at the Memphis Agricenter International, July 7 and 8. The Agricenter is one of the largest facilities of its kind and located on the east end of Shelby Farms in Memphis.
“We will have speakers ranging from research to data analysis,” she said. “We will also have a lot of exhibitors and flight demonstrations, as well. We are really excited to bring all of that technology to share with the end users and also all of the ag businesses that will be impacted by this new technology.