Future in Agriculture Industry Could Lie With Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Starting to really make a name for themselves in the consumer market, unmanned aircraft systems (UASs), or more commonly known as drones, could be making a huge impact on the agriculture industry. While UASs have been used by the military for over a decade, they’re just now starting to hit to the market for consumers. This sparks interest for 3 big time industries; agriculture, infrastructure, and the natural resources industries. 

Companies like Altavian and ComDel Innovation believe they can impact the agriculture industry by providing better information to farmers to help grow and yield their crops by using UASs. They have partnered up to make a UAS that according to ComDel, is “high quality and serves the market”. This UAS is purely for the Agriculture industry, as it is a large part of the Florida economy. Some of those in the aviation industry team are saying that UASs are on the rise and can become a phenomenon worldwide, much like the Internet did. As of right now however, it is difficult to test UASs in some states, North Dakota being one of the few where it’s allowed. ComDel and Altavian have produced a UAS that they are ready to start testing, so you may see more UASs flying over sooner rather than later.

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Virginia MacKoul

Virginia is a graduate from the University of Florida's College of Design Construction and Planning with a degree in Sustainability and the Built Environment, and a minor in Urban Regional Planning. Virginia joined the Front Street team in 2011, as an intern. Upon graduation, Virginia joined the Front Street team full-time as the Director of Client Services. Ms. MacKoul’s addition furthers Front Street’s continued growth and expansion within Gainesville and other North Central Florida markets. She was promoted to Director of Marketing in 2014 and now manages the firm’s team of interns and oversees all marketing and branding activity. Virginia was born in Boston and moved to Lee County, Florida in 1997. Virginia graduated her high school's International Baccalaureate program and started at the University of Florida with a focus on Architecture. Virginia shares Front Street's passion of giving back to the community and those in need. Virginia's hobbies include photography, cooking, football, movies, music, and spending time with her dog, Brinkley.

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