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By 2022 (which isn't really all that far away), drones or UAVs(unmanned aerial vehicles) sales could be up to $3.69 billion dollars. That is over a 700% increase from the current level of sales. It isn't just the farmers who grew up playing ATARI and Intellivision game systems driving the demand. As consumers demand beginning to end visibility of their food, drones will be position to provide the on demand information that consumers are growing accustomed to in all areas of their life. Farm operators benefit too. The operation can more efficiently apply time and resources to the growing product where it yields the most return. By targeting inputs in accordance with the uptake demands of any one region of a field, over application or under application of inputs is reduced.

As better sensors, camera and data gathering information tools become available, the desire and demand to acquire the data will increase. Site selection Concerns As markets continue to be volatile, on farm grain storage becomes more attractive all the time. Farm operators have a tendency to attempt to do things themselves to the extent possible to save on costs. Site selection for a new storage facilty is often driven by where the ground is available, ease of unloading and distance from other facilities. Some addition factors that should also be considered include soil suitability. Traditionally, farm building sites where placed on the poorest ground to maximize the productivity of the purchase.

However, the soil that isn't fit for farming may also may not be fit for storage either. As the grain bins become larger, the chance for soil settling after the grain bin is erected and fill increase. As most farm customers dictate where the grain bin may be located, they may have no body to blame but themselves when the walls come tumbling down on a shinny new facilty that couldn't bear the weight. Further, electrical servc ie can be denied if certain clearnces from existing power lines are not observed. The solution is to get a professional who will determine if the site you think work really does. For the soil , professional engineer is the best bet while the electrical service provider is the key to ensuring that the minimum set back distances are in fact met.

Des Moines Water Works Litigation

As the battle continues with the Des Moines Water Works suit against drainage districts, sometimes the attacker ends up exposing themselves to unwanted scrutiny. The Des Moines water works $241 million capital improvement campaign may be the first victim. After filing suit against the drainage districts, people began to ask questions about who was in charge of the Water Works and how it operates. Despite serving over 20 communities, the water works board is appointed by the Mayor of Des Moines exclusively. That means that despite the rate payers coming from a variety of municipalities, the rate is set by Des Moines and the proposed capital improvements are decided by Des Moines appointees. Further, the board routinely doesn't provide information without prompting to the communities it is serving. Calls have been made to form a regional board that reflects the entire population of the water works customers, not just the political appointees of the largest city in the state.

Monday, October 14, 2019
  • Patrick B. Dillon
  • Jill Dillon
Dillon Law PC
Patrick B. Dillon enjoys finding solutions to legal issues and catching problems for clients. Pat practices in the Sumner office regularly represents clients in district, associate district and magistrate courts for agricultural, real estate, criminal and collection issues. He drafts wills and trusts, creates estate plans and helps clients through the probate process.
Dillon Law PC
Jill Dillon focuses on family law, estate planning and IRS matters. Jill is a University of Northern Iowa undergraduate (Political Science Cum Laude) and a Drake University Law School graduate. Jill spent extensive time advocating for low income tax payers in front of the IRS and the State of Iowa Department of Revenue while at Drake.

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