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Welcome to San Antonio for the 2016 National eXtension Conference.
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Friday, March 25 • 9:30am - 11:00am
The Unmanned Aircraft “i-Three Air Corps” Needs You: Are You Ready to be a Pilot and Chart New Directions for Agriculture Stakeholders and Youth?

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Unmanned aircraft are viewed as a ‘disruptive technology’ that have the potential to revolutionize agricultural production and make meaningful contributions to food systems security and sustainability, amidst a variety of anthropogenic, biotic, and climatic threats and challenges. The fundamental premise is that unmanned aircraft (UA) will provide an unparalleled opportunity to place sensor networks across agricultural settings, on a near real-time basis, to support dynamic management of complex production systems. This workshop will provide an opportunity to engage in this rapidly emerging technology. The workshop will include information on: types and attributes of common UA, overview of rules/regulations, and insights into sensor arrays and data processing. An interactive dialogue on STEM and 4-H programming opportunities is also scheduled, and a variety of UA will be available to explore from a “first hand” perspective. The workshop will wrap-up with hands-on flight, providing participants with an opportunity to fly unmanned aircraft.  Participants will earn an honorary “eXtension i-Three Corps Unmanned Aircraft Pilot Certificate”, and will be recruited to engage in the development of a new youth curriculum focused on UA. This workshop and subsequent curriculum development will take place in partnership with the eXtension Unmanned Aircraft in Agriculture Learning Network (www.learnuasag.org).

The group will all meet in Pecos to begin the workshop, then split for the activities. Some will be directed to Rio Grande West.  


Jim Robbins

University of Arkansas

Dharmendra Saraswat

Purdue University

Wayne Woldt

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Friday March 25, 2016 9:30am - 11:00am

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