Readers of my past posts have seen my ideas of partnering farmers together in co-ops to spread the costs out for UAV flights among many farmers. While co-ops overall are still popular in the United States, they have been on the decline in Australia until recently. Currently 13 of the top 100 co-ops in Australia are agriculture related and they have $7.5 Billion in income annually according to the ABC.
The article mentions a push towards parity in regulations for co-ops and traditional business constructs. Given this, it can be a good funding source for farmers given the current low commodity prices to invest in new technologies, including UAVs, other remote sensing and GIS/Geomatics imaging/scanning technologies and software licenses.