Jackson company makes drones, markets to farmers | News
JACKSON, MO (KFVS)- When you think of drones you might imagine the government using them in the Middle East for some secret operation.
A Jackson company just started making drones. Not the military, but farmers this time are paying attention.
Some people worry about the big brother factor with drones. In fact, Missouri recently joined a long list of other states looking at ways to restrict them over the skies.
Quad helicopters are all the buzz in the farming community.
"We had one at a huge farm show in Boone, Iowa and people were losing their minds," said Matt Schwartz-National Sales Manager for Aerial Precision Ag.
Schwartz is flying high with his new gadget.
At an agriculture show last month in Kansas City, MO he said they sold everything they took.
"We took orders on top of that," said Schwartz.
They assemble the drones in their Jackson office.
Their main clients so far are farmers.
"Producers want to monitor their crops, and cattle ranchers want to keep an eye on their herds," said Schwartz.
The drone comes with a new Go Pro 3 camera, and has a Wi-Fi connection that can stream back to an i-Pad or i-Phone.
It can be launched up to two miles into the air.
Drones, however, have a pretty bad rap these days.
Many lawmakers worry the devices could be used to spy on people.
"It's not to be used in a negative way," said Schwartz. "We won't sell them to somebody to go out and spy on windows, or sell to a private investigator. If a producers wants to buy the technology and fly over his own property he should have the right to do it, and the government shouldn't stop that."
His quad helicopter also caught the attention of one young entrepreneur.
"It opened up new ideas for my clients that I could offer them," said Matt Fluegge-Flig Productions.
Fluegge runs his own video production company.
"I can go to a business or go to people in the community, or for weddings do cool fly over's that you can't get with a regular camera or tripod," said Fluegge. "You can put a camera anywhere now."
The drones cost about $3,800 per set.
To find out more contact Aerial Precision Ag at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1 (855) 862-4778
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