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Dan Miller Progressive Farmer Senior Editor
Fri Apr 3, 2015 09:16 AM CDT

Robert Blair is getting ready to plant his spring crops -- and he is getting ready to fly. For his 100-year-old Idaho farm, planting wheat is what the Blair family has done for generations. Putting up commercial unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to scout those crops from above is decidedly a new and 21st century undertaking.

Blair and his partners operate at the very dawn of a new industry -- scouting commercial crops by way of unmanned aircraft aerial vehicles. The partnership is named Empire Unmanned (www.empireunmanned.com). Based in Hayden, Idaho, it was awarded in January the first U.S. exemption to ...

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