Crowdfunding On the Farm for Geospatial Technologies

Given the global tight commodity prices with crops, farmers around the world are getting innovative.  Some farmers in Australia are turning to the recent growth of crowd-funding, raising money from the internet to get capital for projects on the farm according to ABC (Australia) Rural radio network.

Right now it is through the Landcare website to raise capital which will have 25 projects at their initial launch in September 2014 and it will be open to all projects in October 2014.

Most of these projects will be improvement in the land and crop growth.  Using GIS/Geomatics and UAVs can be in future projects.  Recent posts have been on UAV uses on farms and with tight budgets, farmers can reach out to the internet to raise funding to get a UAV contractor on their land or buy and get training on one themselves.

This will have to stay outside the United States until September 2015, but this is a good future model that can be used in the United States after FAA approval.

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About Chuck Schoeneberger

Former forecaster at Meridian Environmental Technologies Inc (now a Interis Company), with a background in GIS and LiDAR, with other stints at GeoSpatial Services of Winona, MN and Aerometric (Now Quantum Spatial) of Sheboygan, WI. He is a weather technologist for public storm safety from a local to international level. LinkedIn Profile: http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=25048141&trk=tab_pro His views are his own and not of his employer.
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