Updated: April 18, 2022
Privacy Issues and the Use of sUAS/Drones in Maryland (FS-998)
According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the lawful uses of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), also known as Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), or more commonly as drones, are currently limited to military, research, and recreational applications. Under the FAA’s view, commercial uses of drones are illegal unless approved by the Federal government. This will change in the future. Congress authorized the FAA to develop regulations for the use of drones by private parties in the U.S by September 30, 2015 (FAA Modernization Act of 2012). FAA missed this deadline, but expects comprehensive regulations for drones to be completed by June 2016 (Jansen, 2015). History shows that the law rarely keeps up with technology. Courts often struggle when applying existing laws and previous rulings to modern technology. State legislatures can help clearly define some of the rules to guide courts in how to handle new technology. Drones have the potential to benefit producers (through crop and livestock monitoring), but they present new challenges as other groups begin to use the technology. Authors: Paul Goeringer, Ashley Newhall, and John Moyle; Title: Privacy Issues and the Use of sUAS/Drones in Maryland (FS-998)
Updated: October 29, 2021
High tunnel best management practices
High tunnels (or hoop houses) extend the growing season for specialty crops. This article will help growers learn how to get the most out of their high tunnel by adopting best management practices for temperature management, soil and growing media monitoring, safety considerations, pest management, and crop selection.
Updated: September 14, 2021
Farm Equipment Resources for Beginning Farmers
Every farm operation relies upon tools to help get the job done-some enterprises are able to remain competitive with a minimal investment in equipment, while others require substantial investment. Equipment, along with land, is typically a major cost driver for farm operations. It is, thus, important to critically evaluate the need for each piece of equipment before buying.
Updated: March 30, 2021
High Tunnels and Season Extension
High tunnels, also called hoop houses, are structures that can be assembled outdoors to contain plants and extend their growing season. High tunnels are an environmentally conscience way to get the most out of your gardens throughout the year.
Updated: January 29, 2021
Vegetable Equipment and Irrigation
Ever wandered around a farm show or equipment dealer admiring all of the new and fancy gadgets available to farmers today? So many choices, yet so little money! Small farmers must be especially careful of expensive machinery purchases as they buck the traditional “bigger is better” trend of large farmers with mega equipment, some pulling plows and harrow’s wider than your whole field. However, as a small farmer you will take the opposite approach, limiting large equipment options and focusing on specialized, value-added processes to garner more dollars from less land. Indeed, the cost of equipment today requires the successful small farmer to be both prudent and wise in equipment selection. What equipment is essential for the operation of the small farm? How can you avoid the common mistake of purchasing more equipment than the farm can support?