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CNFA Appoints Lt. Gen John Castellaw to Board of Directors
WASHINGTON, D.C. October 17, 2018: CNFA, Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture, an international agricultural development organization, announced that Lt. Gen John Castellaw, USMC (Ret.) has been appointed to the CNFA Board of Directors.
Opinion: Food Security Strategy Is Essential to Our National Security
MTSU, ALWAYS A PIONEER IN AEROSPACE EDUCATION, STARTED PLANNING ITS UAS PROGRAM IN 2009.
“Like other experts in the industry, Derick Seaton, now vice president of aviation operations for Farmspace, has been an advisor to the department since the inception of the UAS program. This kind of involvement, Campbell said, will give MTSU graduates an advantage since the degree program was developed with real-time input. And because of these relationships, even students taking introductory UAS courses have already gained field experience working with Farmspace and other partners.”
Global Food Security Symposium
Actions taken now to increase agricultural sector jobs can provide economic opportunity and stability for those unemployed youths while helping to feed people. A recent report by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs identifies agriculture development as the core essential for providing greater food security, economic growth, and population well-being.
Our active support for food security, including agriculture development, has helped stabilize key regions over the past 60 years. A robust food security strategy, as a part of our overall security strategy, can mitigate the growth of terrorism, build important relationships, and support continued American economic and agricultural prosperity while materially contributing to our Nation’s and the world’s security.
Agriculture, public safety may gain most from UAVs
As the new administration and Congress debate the appropriate balance of US diplomacy, foreign assistance, and military strength in light of modern security challenges, the Council has issued a report on how US efforts to fight food insecurity around the world can provide increased security and economic vitality at home. To learn more about the links between food security and global stability, explore the interactive.
“Dream Big. Endeavor Far."
John “Glad” Castellaw, chief executive officer of the agricultural drone services and equipment company Farmspace Systems LLC, says low commodity prices in recent years have placed a damper on farmers’ demand for using drones.
“Having said that, there’s still tremendous interest,” he explains, especially since the FAA released the Part 107 rules for small commercial drones.
Farmspace’s operations include flying drones for both agricultural and non-agricultural clients, reselling new and used drones; repairing unmanned aircraft and conducting research and development.
Drone imaging in agriculture builds on past practices of gathering crop data from overhead via airplanes and even satellites.
From Battlefields to Crop fields
Dream Big and Endeavor Far with McWherter Innovators
Lt.Gen. John Castellaw also received the Innovation award. He retired from the U.S. Marine Corps and is the President and CEO of Farmspace Systems, LLC in Alamo, Tenn. Castellaw has flown more than two dozen types of aircraft and is currently teaching as a fellow at UTM. His innovation with using drone technology as a monitoring device for agriculture has helped farmers all over.
Growing UAS Research Fields
Under the aeronautical research auspices of Middle Tennessee State University, drone technology is finding its way from the military to agriculture through Farmspace Systems, a veteran-owned company based in Alamo. With authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly research and development missions on behalf of MTSU, Farmspace is testing unmanned aerial systems on 5,000 acres in Crockett County and working with Tennessee Farmers Cooperative and local Co-ops to determine ways this tool could be used to enhance their crop services in the future.
Bone McAllester Norton will Host Draft Drone Regulations Meeting, March 17
Farmspace Systems LLC, a Tennessee-based UAV firm with an agriculture focus, is utilizing experience gained from Argentina research for its U.S.-based UAS offerings. Formed by former U.S. Marine Corp. Lt. General John Castellaw, the company is providing clients with consulting services, platform options, flight training and service after the sale. Earlier this year, the company spent time in Argentina surveying fruit tree fields and other agriculture areas of the country in an effort to help its Argentinian affiliates, and to perfect its flight modeling for U.S. clientele. The company has also formed a working relationship with Middle Tennessee State University and its team of UAS experts including Doug Campbell, operations manager for MTSU’s aerospace department of UAS.
Farmspace to offer service after the UAV sale
Mackler will be joined by Lt.Gen. John Castellaw, USMC (Retired), CEO of Farmspace Systems. “Unmanned Aerial Systems Federal Regulations Meeting” will provide an overview of UAS technology and how it is being used in the U.S. marketplace. The FAA’s proposed regulations will also be addressed. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide comments to the proposed ruling. Continuing Legal Education credits are available.
Tennessee Company Offers UAS Sales, Flight Training & Servicing for Farmers
Late last year, the Farmspace team traveled to Argentina to test its UAV platforms over a variety of crop fields ranging from fruit trees to walnut trees. The team was joined by Doug Campbell, operations manager of UAS at Middle Tennessee State University’s department of aerospace. The trip provided with Campbell and the Farmspace team with experience in UAS flight operations, data gathering and in-field operation procedures that they believe will correlate to future Argentina and U.S. UAV operations.
Two Tennessee companies illustrate different paths to legal drone use
FarmSpace Systems, an Alamo, Tenn.-based company owned and led by veterans, says it is launching a complete package of offerings for unmanned aerial systems (UAS), including sales of the devices, flight training and service packages.
Technology Symposium to Demonstrate Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Uses on the Farm
Retired Lt. Gen. John Castellaw, founder and CEO of Farmspace Systems, a company based in Alamo, Tenn., that hopes to integrate unmanned aerial systems into precision agriculture, tells the Scene that Farmspace has partnered with MTSU to apply for a certificate of authorization — not for commercial use but to enable research that could potentially lead to commercial applications later on.
Industry, Entrepreneurs Await FAA Small Drone Ruling
The Delta AgTech Symposium will bring together crop consultants, agronomists, farmers, and the businesses who serve them, along with UAV manufacturers and researchers, to collectively explore how this technology can be integrated into farming practices. The two-day event—sponsored by FarmSpace Systems and Horizon Precision Systems—will include UAV technology and flight demonstrations, speakers, and a trade show for organizations to share their knowledge and solutions. Confirmed speakers include leaders from the following organizations: Federal Aviation Administration, FarmSpace Systems, AUVSI, Middle Tennessee State University, National Agricultural Aviation Association, NextGen Air Transportation Center at the Institute of Transportation Research and Education at North Carolina State University, Horizon Precision Systems, RoboFlight Systems, and Ausley McMullen, a law firm working with emerging UAS regulations. In addition, there will be a panel discussion on matching end-user needs to technologies. Many of the event speakers will also be part of our exhibit area, along with AgriImage and UAVExperts.Aero, among others.
The firm’s first client was Farmspace Systems LLC, an Alamo, Tennessee-based company that aims to give farmers better situational awareness of their crops by using UAVs, Mackler said.
While some companies choose to illegally operate UAVs for their business operations, Farmspace Systems is anxiously awaiting FAA regulations to legally operate its UAS, he said. The firm is helping the company receive a waiver from the agency, he said.