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UAV RULES

The FAA today unveiled rules for registering small UAVs. All UAVs will need to be registered by Feb. 19.  More details on FarmWeekNow.com.

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DRONE REGISTRATION

A federally convened task force plans to urge U.S. officials to cast a wide net in registering recreational drones but to make registration simple and free, according to three people familiar with the matter,  the Wall Street Journal reports.

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SENATORS PUSH TO FENCE IN DRONES

An analysis of 891 drone sightings reported to the Federal Aviation Administration over a 17-month period found more than half flew too close to an airport, prompting lawmakers to renew calls Wednesday to tag the remote-controlled aircraft with electronic collars that would keep them away. Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., want “geofencing”… read more

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REGISTERING DRONES

Federal regulators said Monday that they plan to require recreational drone users to register their aircraft with the government for the first time in an attempt to restore order to U.S. skies.  You can view the news conference online.

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NEW ILLINOIS LAW CREATES TASK FORCE TO WRITE DRONE RULES

Illinois will form a task force to come up with rules for the use of drones under a plan signed into law by Gov. Bruce Rauner. Members of the task force will be appointed by the governor and will include representatives from more than a dozen special interest groups, including law enforcement, as reported by… read more

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ROI ON UAVS

American Farm Bureau Federation & Informa Economics  say 2.5% crop yield increase possible with drones. The results of the study on the possible return on investment from information acquired through the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) were announce at a press teleconference.

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UAV UPDATE

GoPro, the video camera maker, is working on a quadcopter. The firm declined to share any details about its design and pricing, but it’s slated to launch in the first half of 2016 and will be aimed at consumers, the company said Wednesday.

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DRONE APPROVED FOR FARM APPLICATION

A drone large enough to carry tanks of fertilizers and pesticides has won rare approval from federal authorities to spray crops in the U.S., officials said Tuesday. The drone, called the RMAX, is a remotely piloted helicopter that weigh 207 pounds, said Steve Markofski, a spokesman for Yamaha Corp. U.S.A., which developed the aircraft, as… read more

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UAV UPDATE

A measure banning the use of unmanned aerial vehicles for #hunting passed the Illinois Senate Tuesday. The measure prohibits the use of a drone in taking wildlife, including fish, with penalties being a Class A misdemeanor in addition to other statutory penalties. Senate Bill 44 now heads to the House.

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AMAZON AND UAV’S

FAA cleared Amazon to begin using #drones for a limited number of outdoor test purposes Thursday. The FAA rolled out its set of regulations on commercial drones in February, following several delays. Under those rules, drones need to stay within 500 feet of the ground, cannot fly faster than 100 miles per hour, and must remain… read more

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