NSW growers enhance their drone skills thanks to training initiative


Cotton growers in the Macquarie Valley of New South Wales have spent a day learning about the safe operation of drones on-farm.

The Drones in Agriculture training course was held on February 9th at Narromine, and was delivered by Tocal College through funding from the NSW Government’s AgSkilled program.

The course aimed to develop growers’ knowledge and skills in:

  • The safe and efficient operation of drones in an agricultural context;
  • Australian laws relating to excluded category operation of drones, and Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) regulations in agricultural settings;
  • Collecting and processing data to improve planning, productivity, water-use efficiency and safety on-farm.

Growers from across the Macquarie Valley attended, and found the training beneficial in enhancing their understanding of drone use on-farm, including around mapping, surveillance techniques, soil moisture programs, and photography.

Growers in NSW can discover other AgSkilled training initiatives here.