The FAA has granted exceptions to two companies for agriculture and real estate appraisal. The Agriculture company is Advanced Aviation Solutions in Spokane, Washington.
[i]Advanced Aviation Solutions plans to use its 1.5-pound, fixed-wing eBee drone to make photographic measurements of farm fields, determine the health of crops and look for pests. The aim is to save farmers time walking through fields. The drone also can carry sensors that pick up information invisible to the naked eye, which can help determine which fields need watering.
The permits require that drone operations include both a ground “pilot” and an observer, that the pilot have at least an FAA private pilot certificate and a current medical certificate, and that the drone remains within line of sight of the operator at all times.[/i]
As mentioned above from the article, it is a restricted exception with the pilot needing full private private certificate and a second spotter and it cannot operate outside line of sight.
It is a good start for the future of UAVs in agriculture, hopefully the FAA can grant more exceptions and loosen up some flight standards as the technology improves and processes are put in to operate within FAA flight operations.