University of Missouri Extension Service Promotes Drone Use

droneFrom the Joplin Globe:

“MOUNT VERNON, Mo. — Jim McCann hasn’t taught his grandchildren how to drive a tractor yet, but they may already be able to teach him how to operate a piece of equipment that could be in farming’s future.

McCann, of Lawrence County, is president of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association and was among more than 100 farmers who attended the 90th annual Lawrence County Soils and Crops Conference on Thursday.

Along with the usual topics — efficiently feeding hay, using cover crops, etc. — was a discussion on how unmanned airplanes, sometimes called drones, could benefit agriculture. It was led by Bill Wiebold, who when he is not piloting the small planes is the state soybean specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

Wiebold brought two planes, discussed how they operate and the legalities that come with using them.

“I really think there’s a lot of opportunity with these things we’re going to talk about,” said Wiebold, who also said at first that he was hesitant to call them “drones” because of possible negative connotations”

This is not the first time that the University of Missouri Extension Service has promoted Big Brother agendas. In 2007 the Daily Dunklin Democrat reported:

University of Missouri Extension is cooperating with the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the Missouri Department of Agriculture to promote the Missouri Livestock Identification Program.

APHIS has issued a 14-page booklet entitled, ‘The National Animal Identification System’ (NAIS) which explains why livestock producers need to comply with the program that is currently voluntary. The eight point summary says that the program will (1) enhance foreign animal disease surveillance, control and eradication; (2) facilitate epidemiologic investigators; (3) improve biosecurity protection of the nations livestock; (4) distinguish animals vaccinated or tested under official USDA programs from their unvaccinated or untested herd mates; (5) furnish official identification for animals in interstate or international commerce; (6) accurately identify blood and tissue specimens used for laboratory diagnostics; (7) track the health certification status of herds, states, and regions and (8) enable effective regionalization and risk assessment in support of international trade.

The goal of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is to establish a system that can identify, within 48 hours all premises and animals that have direct contact with a foreign or domestic disease of concern. With full implementation the NAIS will be capable of tracing a sick animal or group of animals back to the herd or premises that is the most likely source of infection.

Missouri has launched an online computer and paper premises registration program to become involved in the USDA Department of Agriculture new National Animal Identification System (NAIS).

Identifying each location that an animal is raised from or moved to and from is the foundation of the NAIS and must be established before animals can be trucked.

A premise is any geographical unique location associated with animal agriculture that would allow for commingling or movement of animals or poultry.

All premises where animals are moved like farms, ranches, auction barns, feed yards, exhibitions and fairs must be registered to become involved in the NAIS. NAIS is a system being created to help protect U.S. Animal Health.

Regarding animal species, the NAIS working groups are developing plans for camelids (llamas and alpacas) cattle and bison, cervids (deer and elk) equine, goats, poultry, sheep, and swine.

In 2008 Missouri passed legislation  preventing its agencies from adopting mandatory NAIS programs.

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