Small Unmanned Aerial Systems in Agriculture: Preparing for Legal Issues




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Update:  On June 23, the Agricultural & Food Law Consortium hosted the webinar described below.  A recording of the same presentation delivered on June 30 is archived on the National Agricultural Law Center website here.

This webinar will address the current legal and future status of Unmanned Aerial Systems/Vehicles (UAVs) operation in the United States. Issues to be discussed include the current rules and conditions for operating UAVs, proposed regulations for small commercial UAVs released by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in February of 2015, and the range of proposed and enacted state laws across the country dealing with concerns around privacy and trespass.

This session is provided by the Agricultural & Food Law Consortium, a four-university partnership led by the National Agricultural Law Center designed to enhance and expand the delivery of objective agricultural and food law research and information to the nation’s agricultural community of producers, state and federal policymakers, attorneys, Cooperative Extension Service professionals, and others.  The Consortium defines agricultural and food law to include land-based food, fiber, and energy production systems, as well as seafood and marine-based production via aquaculture.  

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The presenters are:

Peggy Kirk Hall, Director, Agricultural and Resource Law Program, The Ohio State University; and 

Rusty Rumley, Senior Staff Attorney, National Agricultural Law Center