Drones to monitor Oregon potatoes


HERMISTON (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration has authorized the use of two remote-controlled aircraft to monitor potato fields in Eastern Oregon.

The aircraft, often referred to as drones, will fly over fields at the Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center and at a private farm west of Boardman, The Bulletin and East Oregonian newspapers report.

The project comes at a time when interest in the use of unmanned aircraft has risen across the nation, and it involves Boeing, Oregon State University, The U.S. Department of Agriculture and a Bend-based startup called Paradigm.


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