Seminar to showcase benefits of drone technology for farmers

LELAND, NC (WWAY) — From real estate to law enforcement, drone technology is being used in a wide range to help in a number of occupations. A new seminar being offered by a community college in Duplin County aims to introduce local farmers to the benefits of drone technology.

James Sprunt Community College’s Small Business Center will host a seminar on Friday, August 17, to teach farmers how to use unmanned aircrafts to maximize profits and efficiency.

“Our charge is to help entrepreneurs and a lot of times, farmers don’t see themselves as entrepreneurs but they are,” said Lee Woodard, director of James Sprunt Community College’s Small Business Center.

He says 70 percent of the North Carolina’s farmers have less than 100 acres.

“So, they don’t really have access to technology and drone technology is one of the things that can really help them,” Woodard said.

By providing an aerial view of a field or pasture, drones can help farmers assess the impact of disease or drought.

“Think about irrigation, typically, we just throw water on crops but maybe you don’t need to water a portion of a field and can save money and time,” Woodard said.

The technology can also provide a bird’s eye view of a pasture to let a farmer know if his livestock is in trouble or if a section of fence has been damaged, etc.

The “How to Start A Drone Services Agribusiness” class is free and open to anyone who wishes to participate. To register, click here.

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