After manufacturing contract, Agribotix partners with global firm

By Luke Geiver | February 11, 2016

Colorado-based unmanned aircraft vehicle firm Agribotix has formed a partnership that could help the company fly everywhere in the world. Through an agreement with The Nature Conservancy, a leading conservation organization that works around the world to protect important lands, water, nature and people, Agribotix will be tasked with operating UAVs and performing image processing, data analytics and consulting.

Earlier this year, Agribotix partnered with Hawkins Manufacturing Inc. to supply the company’s drones across the U.S. through 567 dealers in 33 states. Hawkins, a farm equipment manufacturer and developer, said it was excited to be involved in the blossoming industry of drones and they capabilities they can offer to farmers.

“Drones have helped make our work more efficient while also providing advanced mapping capabilities we haven’t had before,” said Gustavo Lozada, technology and information services operations manager for The Nature Conservancy.

Agribotix mainly focuses on providing agriculture intelligence solutions to farmers and ag service providers. According to the company, its hardware and data processing technology is well-suited for land management applications. For its work with The Nature Conservancy, Agribotix will supply its quadcopter and trademarked FarmLens payload.

“Their need to track vegetation on their preserves is perfectly aligned with Agribotix’s imaging and reporting capabilities and technical expertise,” said Tom McKinnon, founder and chief technology officer for the company that was started in 2013. In the future, the quadcopters could be used to help with wildlife tracking on The Nature Conservancy’s properties.