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National genotyping lab in Fargo, N.D. now functional

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The new National Agricultural Genotyping Laboratory is up and running in Fargo, N.D., and officials who made it happen want all to see it.

An open house will be from 12:30 to 4 p.m. June 21, at the laboratory located in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Biosciences Research Laboratory.

Grand Forks drone companies announce partnerships, expansion

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Two Grand Forks companies are forging partnerships beyond the state border in hopes of capturing a larger share of the fast-growing unmanned aircraft systems market.

Aerial inspection and photography company SkySkopes announced Wednesday it had formed an alliance with Interactive Aerial, based in Traverse City, Mich. As part of the move, SkySkopes will be opening an office in Michigan, likely sharing space with its new partner.

More research projects featuring drones get OK from UND committee

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University of North Dakota faculty members are planning to use a rural piece of university property to conduct research utilizing unmanned aircraft to train law enforcement officers and map vegetation.

Oakville Prairie, an area with more than 900 acres of land about 12 miles west of Grand Forks, will be home to the projects set to begin in June. Both projects received approval last week from the university's UAS Research Ethics and Privacy Committee, which grants permission for any research activities associated with UND.

N.D. UAS test believed to be world’s first

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What’s believed to be the world’s first test of its type using large unmanned aerial systems for agricultural data gathering in a public-private partnership took place at the Hillsboro (N.D.) Municipal Airport.

John Nowatzki, the North Dakota State University agricultural machine systems specialist for the Extension Service, says a May 20 test was the first test of UAS vehicles for agricultural data gathering he’s heard of in the U.S. It is the first in the world, he says.

“We’re flying over large areas,” Nowatzki says, noting the footprint of the study corridor is 40 miles by 4 miles.

North Dakota named one of the Top 3 Drone Friendly States

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At the recent AUVSI Xponential show, North Dakota showcased their industry, letting the drone community know in no uncertain terms that they are open and ready for the drone business.

10th Annual UAS Summit

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The UAS Summit has a history of uniting the best UAV minds in the industry in a single venue

NORTH DAKOTA UAS TEST SITE ANNOUNCES CONTRACT WITH NASA

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The North Dakota Department of Commerce announced today that it has been awarded a five-year contract to support National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) unmanned aircraft systems research.

DHS Partners With University of North Dakota to Research Unmanned Aerial Technology

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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) and the University of North Dakota (UND) announced today a three-year cooperative research and development agreement designed to explore the uses of unmanned aerial technology as well as mitigations for possible misuse.

Applications to the 2016 Cleantech Open Accelerator due May 16

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UND gets federal OK to collect data with unmanned aircraft for commercial purposes

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The University of North Dakota can now take pictures and video from unmanned aircraft for commercial use, but federal officials aren't ready to let the school get into the business of unmanned flight training just yet.

The university submitted a petition in August asking the Federal Aviation Administration to grant it permission to collect data using the aircraft, also known as drones, and conduct unmanned aircraft systems flight training.

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