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Farmers fight for drones

Farmers fight for drones
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Tractors, plows, chickens, cattle and drones? Farmers long known for basic salt of the earth ways, are begging for high tech drones. But for now, drone use on farms is actually illegal.

Drones, those remote controlled airplanes and helicopters have been big news stories from military strikes to backyard privacy concerns. The name, drone, actually covers everything from a child's remote control toy to multimillion dollar military weapons weighing 6 tons or more.

Drone technology, including remote controls, power systems and even live video is moving so fast, that government regulation can't keep up to separate the safe uses from the dangerous or privacy intrusive concerns.

Now farmers say they really need drones to stay competitive in world markets. But flying a drone over a farm right now can land the pilot in hot water.

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