AgSkilled: Drones in Agriculture

Date: 27th July 2021

Operating a drone is like any other precision control system—with proper planning, set up and confidence to operate safely, it can provide real on-farm benefits. Designed by farmers for farmers, in partnership with NSW Farmers, this upgraded course is delivered by experienced drone operator Ben Watts. This training provides information around the use of drones to collect farm data to help make informed decisions such as refined fertiliser, sowing, crop and weed  management plans, as well as monitoring and maximising the efficiency of farm water systems.

In January 2021, new regulations were introduced around the use of remote aircraft on farms—this course addresses these requirements and provides base knowledge to follow the new excluded category operations class and to understand  CASA (Civil Aviation Safety Authority) regulations to safely use drones in agricultural settings.

The course aims to develop knowledge and skills in:
• safe and efficient operation of drones in an agricultural context
• Australian laws relating to excluded category operation of drones and Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) regulations in agricultural settings
• collecting and processing data to improve planning, productivity, water-use efficiency and safety on your farm.

The course consists of:
1 day face-to-face with pre-course online work.

Funded training delivered by Tocal College through AgSkilled™, supported by the NSW Department of Regional NSW