Agriculture Assured a Seat at the Table in Drone Policy DiscussionsSat, 02 Jan 2021 14:08:28 CST
U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), John Thune (R-SD) and Pat Roberts (R-KS), who serves as the Chairman of the Senate Agriculture, Forestry and Nutrition Committee, today applauded the signing into law of their bipartisan legislation to ensure the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) chief drone policy committee includes representation for agriculture, forestry, and rural America. The Drone Advisory Committee for the 21st Century Act will ensure that the FAA provides representation for local government officials, including those from county and tribal governments, on the Drone Advisory Committee (DAC).
“As more farmers and small business owners across Michigan utilize drone technology to bolster their daily operations, it’s critical that rural representatives have a seat at the table — especially when it impacts their bottom line and as they deal with unprecedented challenges related to the Coronavirus,” said Senator Peters, a member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. “I am pleased that this commonsense, bipartisan legislation has been signed into law. It will better ensure that agriculture, forestry and rural perspectives are included in drone policy decision-making.”
“As technology becomes more sophisticated, farmers will increasingly rely on drones to assess, monitor, and manage their farm activities,” said Senator Thune. “Rural areas like South Dakota – where agriculture is the state’s top industry – deserve to have a seat at the table when it comes to making decisions on drone policies and best practices. I’m pleased this bill is now law and will ensure representation from rural areas on the Drone Advisory Committee.”
“Today’s high-tech drone can now map, monitor, manage, and more. As these technologies continue to advance, we’ll need to ensure any proposed rules and regulations governing their use are compatible for their application in agriculture and forestry,” said Jack Alexander, President of the Rural & Agriculture Council of America. “We thank Senators Peters, Thune, and Roberts for giving those of us in rural America a seat at the policymaking table through the aptly named Drone Advisory Committee for the 21st Century Act.”
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