Between the mid-17th and late 19th centuries, Great Britain experienced an unprecedented increase in agricultural production that was fittingly named, The Agricultural Revolution. While much is to be desired surrounding the lack of innovative naming, it was a revolution indeed. Remarkably, the catalyst for this shift was a simple switch from a three-field crop rotation system to a four-field crop rotation system. That seems mundane, but it allowed for farmers to restore soil fertility and restore the plant nutrients removed with the crops. Now, I’m not an agricultural expert, but at the rate that I’m acquiring drone insurance for new drone ag businesses, I’m confident that we are one the precipice of another revolution. The ag drone business is exploding and if you are getting ready to get in on the action, please do not take to the skies without the proper drone insurance.
Agriculture is on the Leading Edge of Technology
It might seem odd that one of the oldest professions in human history is on the cutting edge of modern drone technology, but that is the discernible truth. The average American quit paying attention where their food came from somewhere after the Great Depression as it seemed that food was always on the table or at the market when they wanted. So it may come as a surprise to many that farmers are getting in on the drone action. Right now at this moment in history, drones are flying over America’s farmlands with greater frequency and with greater yields.
The “bird’s eye” view from the sky is relaying data that is helping farmers make smarter crop management decisions and providing analytics at a faster and cheaper rate. Each new generation of farmers has always been dedicated to working smarter and not harder. Moreover, the skies over America’s farmlands are often wide open and there is less danger of a collision. Though, if you have crop duster in the skies, we cover those too. However, you do need drone insurance before you get started.
Finding the Right Drone Insurance for Drone Ag Businesses
The first thing you will need for sure is liability insurance if you are flying drones over the nation’s food source. Let one of your beloved drones crash and cause a fire that wipes out a crop yield and a legion of angry farmers with pitchforks will be your first problem. However, your ability to settle up because you’ve got the right liability insurance just might save your skin.
The next thing you need to consider is hull insurance. This protects your drones and equipment attached, as the cutting edge technology with commercial utility is slightly more expensive than what you buy your nephew for Christmas. Thermal technology, advanced navigation, and data collection capabilities are not cheap. Hull insurance gives you peace of mind that one poor decision or inclement weather incident doesn’t end your business. If you are going to do this right, then you are likely going to invest some money. Protect your investment by protecting your drones with commercial drone insurance.
Lead the Next Agricultural Revolution from Above
If you’ve been on the fence about whether or not you should pursue an agricultural drone business venture, then I’ll at least leave you with the suggestion to make a decision soon. We are writing policies with greater frequency, which lets me know the market is picking up steam. When it comes to skies above, our 40-plus years of aviation insurance experience has allowed us to become a leading indicator for what is about to take place in the industry. I’m here to tell you that the agricultural drone revolution is nigh. Reach out to us here at BWI Aviation Insurance and let us help you navigate the times so that you can lead the new revolution with peace of mind.
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