The use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) (i.e., drones) will continue to grow dramatically in the near future as costs for this technology are reduced. The proper use of this technology in agriculture can result in significant benefits for the industry. However, issues with privacy and public safety are becoming more prominent as use increases.
Although many of the issues surrounding UAS are governed on the federal level by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), there are a number of state level issues to be resolved. We encourage Michigan Farm Bureau to work with the state Legislature to address issues that develop regarding UAS use. Also, we urge MFB to continue to increase their knowledge and understanding of the evolving UAS issues including but not limited to:
As information becomes more definitive, we encourage MFB to continue utilizing a UAS action team to develop and promote educational tools.