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VIDEO: Agriculture Drones in Idaho

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CALDWELL, Idaho-  The agriculture industry is embracing drones and one of the first permits was issued in Idaho.  It normally takes Ron Bitner, the co-owner of Bitner Vineyards in Canyon County, days to check on his field of plants, but with a drone, it takes only two minutes.

An Idaho company called Empire Unmanned was issued the 13th commercial drone exemption in the country and the first for agriculture.  Steve Edgar, the founder of the company says, 'we've been working since basically March 2012 in developing this program, so it's not an overnight success. It's been a three-year process.'

The digital images taken by the drones help agriculture workers map their fields and check for signs of disease in their plants.

Empire Unmanned says there is a growing demand for their drone service. They plan to hire about 75 more people and are working with companies like Simplot, John Deere, and Monsanto.
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