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Source: Ohio State University news release

The number of new uses for unmanned aerial vehicles - aka drones - is soaring, even while the Federal Aviation Administration is considering new rules for them. The next breakfast program presented by the Environmental Professionals Network looks at some of the ways drones could be used to help manage land and water resources.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Environmental and Ag Applications Take Flight is scheduled for 7:15-9:15 a.m. on Nov. 12 in Ohio State University's Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus.

"Lower-cost and higher-quality devices are driving many cost-effective applications that didn't seem doable just a few years ago," said David Hanselmann, coordinator of the network and a lecturer in Ohio State's School of Environment and Natural Resources, or SENR. "This opens the door to better and more timely management of our environment and natural resources."

The network is a service of SENR. The school is part of Ohio State's College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, or CFAES.

Dorota Grejner-Brzezinska, chair of Ohio State's Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering, or CEGE, will speak and moderate a panel discussion involving Gil Bohrer, professor in CEGE, and Scott Shearer, chair of CFAES's Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering.

YSI, a Xylem brand, is sponsoring the program and will display some of the company's latest equipment for monitoring natural resources.

Admission is $10 by check or $15 by credit card and includes a full breakfast. Admission is open to both members and nonmembers of the network.

Complete details and a link to online registration and payment are at Payment by credit card is due by 5 p.m. Nov. 7.

Hanselmann said student participation is encouraged and that reduced-cost student admission is available. Details are available on the website.

For more information about the event, contact Hanselmann at or 614-247-1908.

Membership in the Environmental Professionals Network is free and open to anyone working in or studying an environmental field. Details are at

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