Police drones target rural criminals – Farmers Weekly

Police are flying drones over farmland in a bid to deter rural criminals in Essex. The initiative is part of Operation Buzzard, launched by Essex Police at Cherry Tree Orchard Farm, Orsett, on Saturday 24 September.

Operation Buzzard aims to reduce rural crime by making best use of the police’s specialist teams and partners across the county.

Long distance drone flights “to boost business” in remote Scotland – The Scotsman

New laws which will allow drones to fly longer distances than ever before could boost business in the most remote parts of Scotland, it has been claimed.

Business leaders will gather in Inverness for Drone Week from tomorrow (Monday) to hear how new regulations, currently being devised, will allow Beyond Visual Line of Site (BVLOS) navigation of the unmanned aircraft in the UK for the first time.

TV dinners – Unused TV spectrum and drones could help smart farms

ON THE Dancing Crow farm in Washington, sunflowers and squashes soak up the rich autumn sunshine beside a row of solar panels. This bucolic smallholding provides organic vegetables to the farmers’ markets of Seattle. But it is also home to an experiment by Microsoft, a big computing firm, that it hopes will transform agriculture further afield.

Autonomous tractors could turn farming into a desk job | ZDNet

CNH Industrial unveiled an autonomous tractor concept at the 2016 Farm Progress Show in Iowa during the last week of August. Theses self-driving tractors would be able to work around the clock while also providing real-time data monitoring.

Farmers would program the tractors to accomplish specific tasks. Then, instead of sweating in the fields, they could tend to livestock or even sit in an air-conditioned office and monitor the tractors from a tablet or computer.

Drones useful for aging farmers – The Japan News

The use of drones in agriculture is attracting growing attention, especially among older farmers whose physical burden can be lessened by the devices. The Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry has included drones in its guidance for farmers so that they can fly drones safely and spray pesticides properly. “Move the controller forward slowly,” said an instructor […]

Cattle-herding robots and tractors that pick their own broccoli – Daily Mail Online

Humans have been farming for thousands of years since the first crops were planted and animals began being domesticated during the Mesolithic era.

But technology could soon be squeezing us out of our traditional roles as farmers, as robots take to the fields.

Robots could replace migrant workers, says think-tank — FT.com

Britain’s decision to leave the EU will force companies that rely on migrant labour to rethink their business models, if it leads to restrictions on low-skilled immigration.

For some, robots may be the most likely replacement, according to a report by the Resolution Foundation think-tank.

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