#innovationIOWA Dorsey & Whitney’s Annual Des Moines Symposium: An Exploration of the Commercial Use of Drones in Agribusiness

Thursday, November 12, 2015 / Sponsored by Dorsey & Whitney’s Food and Agribusiness Industry Group

Commercial use of drones (or unmanned aircraft systems) across food, agriculture, and infrastructure is becoming big business. Drones have a myriad of potential uses. They can collect data crucial for precision farming. They can help assess the condition of structures which would be dangerous or costly for humans to reach. They also present novel legal challenges to the privacy and intellectual property rights of all those involved. The Federal Aviation Administration as well as numerous states are active in regulating the commercial use of drones.

Dorsey & Whitney’s Annual Des Moines Symposium will spotlight the present and future of drone use in agribusiness and will help businesses navigate through the legal and regulatory hurdles presented by drones and the software platforms with which they work.

Date: Thursday, November 12, 2015
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. CT
Location: Greater Des Moines Botanical Center
909 Robert D. Ray Drive
Des Moines, IA 50309

This presentation is complimentary and open to the public

8:00 a.m. Registration and Light Breakfast
8:30 – 8: 45 a.m. Introduction by Dave Tank, Dorsey & Whitney
8:45 – 9:45 a.m. Drones 101 – Adding Value to Agribusiness
Provides an overview of the current and future use of drones in agriculture.

Thad Lightfoot, Dorsey & Whitney
Chris Draper, PhD, Director of Emerge at Simpson College

9:45 – 10:00 a.m. Break
10:00 – 10:45 a.m. Privacy and Intellectual Property in Precision Agriculture
Navigate privacy and IP challenges associated with the use of drones.

Jamie Nafziger, Dorsey & Whitney

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Business Panel Discussion
Discuss cutting edge applications, problems, and solutions associated with the use of drones.

Dave Tank, Moderator

Chris Draper
, PhD, Director of Emerge at Simpson College
Aaron Lessig, CEO and Chairman, Pulse Aerospace, Inc.
Bret Lucas, Chief Executive Officer of Agri-Tech Systems, Inc.
Steve Bruere, President of Peoples Company
Dennis Bogaards, member of the Board of Directors of the American Soybean Association and President of Bogaards Farms, Inc.

We will apply for CLE credit in Iowa, Minnesota, and North Dakota. Dorsey is an Accredited CLE Provider in California and New York, and this program will be CLE accredited in those states. For any other state, Dorsey will not be applying for CLE credit, however, participants are welcome to apply for or claim credit according to their jurisdiction’s regulations.

David Tank
Chair, Food & Agribusiness Industry Group
(515) 699-3290
Alissa Smith
Symposium Chair
(515) 699-3267

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