Blog: UAV Q&A With Measure VP of Agriculture Robert Blair

While concerns around current and upcoming regulation from the FAA capture most of the headlines in the UAV industry, questions about practicalities like return on investment are even more pronounced.

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Those questions are especially notable in agriculture, as farmers strive to understand what sort of economic impact drones represent, writes Jeremiah Karpowicz with the Commercial UAV Expo blog.

It’s for that reason I wanted to talk with Robert Blair. Robert is VP Agriculture at Measure where he helped develop the Drone Flight Calculator for Agriculture, but that’s only part of the reason I wanted to chat with him. Far more relevant is his experience as a fourth generation farmer from north central Idaho, who still runs a farm that features 1,300 dryland acres of wheat, barley, peas, lentils, chickpeas, alfalfa, and cows.

I broke up the conversation with Robert into two parts, because there was just too much to get to in a single piece. In Part 1, we talk about the disconnect that exists between the general public and the agriculture industry, what he learned from his Fellowships that took him to South America, how government policy is impacting farmers, and plenty more.

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Follow this link to read Part 1 of The Commercial UAV Expo’s Q&A with Blair.

UPDATE (3/9/2016): Part 2 of Karpowicz’s Q&A with Blair is available now as well.

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