ASU using drones to help farmers

Albany State University is preparing to deploy unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, to help farmers in Southwest Georgia.

ASU leaders, students and faculty met Thursday morning to hear from experts, watch drone demonstrations and have a training session.

ASU President Art Dunning says the goal is to improve economic development in the area and the way to do that is through cutting edge technology. The university invited Randy Price, an assistant professor and engineer in Louisiana State University's AgCenter, to share his expertise.

"When I'm at a farm or I get a call, I go out to that farm and we'll actually help them better document areas where they had some damage or where they think something's wrong with their crop," Price said. "By documenting that, I'm talking about getting overhead images and photos really quickly."

They also discussed procedures about how to obtain Federal Aviation Administration approval to use drone technology.