Tricia Braid

Jan 22, 2016  |  Today's News

Major manufacturers of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs or drones) will bring their technology to Decatur, IL, January 26 and 27 for the Midwest Drone Conference and Expo, where they will exhibit in a trade show, but also present technology sessions.  Tuesday, January 26 will totally focus on agricultural uses of the technology, with speakers in educational sessions discussing FAA regulations, legal liability, precision agriculture based on drone use, and the future for drones in agriculture.

The conference general sponsor is ADM Crop Risk Services, which will use drone technology to adjust crop damage claims for their crop insurance holders.  

On Wednesday, January 27, speakers from the FAA,  engineering, construction, utilities, and real estate will focus on the use of UAV technology for facility and utility inspection, aerial photography, and emergency services.  The Expo portion of the event will feature UAV manufacturers and vendors of UAV technology, as well as agricultural input and equipment suppliers.  Many will be speaking in their own breakout sessions to better inform potential customers about their products and services.

The event follows the lead of the Precision Aerial Ag Show, held in July of 2014, which attracted over 1,500 attendees from the US and 6 foreign countries.  The Midwest Drone Conference and Expo already has drawn hundreds of pre-registrations, including from abroad.

The Midwest Drone Show and Expo will be held at the Decatur Conference Center and Hotel on January 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and on January 27 from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon.

There is no charge to attend the Midwest Drone Conference and Expo for those who register on-line by January 24.  On-line registration and details can be found at:   After January 24, and at the door, there will be a $20 registration fee.  Lunch will be available on January 26 for $15 per person.

All conference details, including pre-registration, speaker information, and a complete schedule can be found at:  Check frequently for speaker and exhibitor updates.