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Neighbors Growing Together | Jul 22, 2017
AGRICULTURE

Van Buren County Pasture Walk set

The event will include an overview of drone technology and regulations
Jul 11, 2017

BENTONSPORT — The annual Van Buren County Pasture Walk, hosted by Sid and Sparky Wellman, is set to begin at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 1 .

This year, the pasture walk also will be a crop walk featuring the use and regulations of using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or drones in crops and pastures.

“UAVs are gaining a lot of interest in agriculture, and can help give us a perspective of our crop fields and pastures we haven’t really been able to see before, “said Rebecca Vittetoe, ISU Extension field agronomist. “We are really just starting to scratch the surface about what these technologies might be able to offer.”

The event will start at the Bentonsport shelter house with a meal grilled by the Van Buren County Cattlemen and served by the Jolly Trio 4-H Club. An overview of UAV technology and regulations will be presented, then uses of UAVs in pastures and crop fields will be discussed during a trip to the Wellmans’ pasture.

The pasture walk is open to the public and has a $5 registration fee to help cover the meal. Sign up with the Van Buren County Extension office at 319-293-3039 by July 28.

For additional information, contact Vittetoe at 319-653-4811 or email rka8@iastate.edu or contact Patrick Wall at 515-450-7665 or email patwall@iastate.edu.

Sponsors for the crop and pasture walk are the Van Buren County Cattlemen, Van Buren County Extension, First Iowa State Bank, Farmers & Traders Savings Bank, Van Buren County Farm Bureau, and Libertyville Savings Bank.

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