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Extension UAV Initiative Update

The Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, aka drones) Initiative started in 2017 with Specialists conducting field-level research and expanded in 2018 with funding support from Dr. Jason Henderson to acquire UAVs for Educators across the state. The initial group was comprised of 17 Educators and has since grown to over 20 Educators and several Specialists.

Download the Purdue Extension UAV Initiative Compendium 2017-2021.

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This report covers UAV related work conducted throughout the state of Indiana. Much of our early work was related directly to corn and soybean production, with more recent strides into public safety, animal agriculture, natural resources, conservation, and new UAV technology application and evaluation.

This report contains 70 different case studies where using a UAV was integral to the project and provided value to our stakeholders throughout local Indiana communities. This work continues to provide value to Extension stakeholders and communities at large as new technology is adopted and new methods for UAV technology use are evaluated. This report is a summary of 5 years of work and complementary to the Purdue Extension UAV Website.

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