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David Sparks Ph.d Robert at Smithsonian
by David Sparks Ph.d, click here for bio

Program: Idaho Ag Today
Date: May 23, 2018

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Idaho grower featured in Smithsonian 'Precision Farming' exhibit.

I have spent a considerable amount of time with Robert Blair and watched him develop drone technology for the last 10 years. Here he is talking about drones several years ago. “The advantage of using a drone over other types of imaging platforms is that it is timely, we can be there on the spot in a more timely manner than scheduling out a week for a manned aircraft or waiting for a satellite to come around and hope you don’t have cloud cover. The other thing is cost. We have a lower cost base than other media.”

Well Robert’s North Idaho farm is one of four farming operations around the country that are being featured in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History during 2018.

The operations’ use of modern technology is highlighted in a “Precision Farming” display within the Washington, D.C., museum’s “American Enterprise” exhibition. U.S. farmers already know how technology has and is changing agriculture, but the average American has no clue and Blair is one of the farmers the museum is using to provide people a glimpse of how technology is changing agriculture in the United States.

The museum is marking 2018 as the Year of the Tractor and the Precision Farming display within the museum’s American Enterprise exhibition helps tell agriculture’s story to Americans, many of whom have no idea about how modern agriculture works

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