Uses for so-called unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or drones) are abundant, particularly in the agriculture, infrastructure and mining industries. Drones can collect data crucial for precision farming and monitor herds on ranches. They can help assess the condition of transmission lines, structures, mining projects and storm damage. They can handle costly and dangerous inspections, collect topographical data and monitor stockpile inventories. But they also raise unique safety concerns and present novel privacy and intellectual property rights challenges. The Federal Aviation Administration, as well as numerous states, is active in regulating commercial drone use.

Members of Dorsey & Whitney and industry experts will discuss the current and future of drone use in agribusiness, infrastructure and mining. They will provide the tools needed to navigate the legal and regulatory hurdles presented by drones, and they will discuss the future of drone regulation under the Trump Administration.


Robert Hensley, Moderator
Partner and Co-Chair of Food & Agribusiness Industry Group, Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Session I – Drones 101 – Adding Value to Agribusiness and Other Enterprises
(8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. MT)

An overview of the current and future use of drones in agriculture, infrastructure, and mining and regulatory considerations.

David R. White, Panelist
Chief Operating Officer, Juniper Unmanned

Thad Lightfoot, Panelist
Partner, Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Session II – Privacy and Intellectual Property in Precision Agriculture, Infrastructure, and Mining
(10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. MT)

Privacy and IP challenges associated with the use of drones.

Jamie Nafziger, Presenter
Partner, Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Session III – Business Panel Discussion
(11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon MT)

Cutting edge applications, problems, and solutions associated with the use of drones.

Robert Hensley, Moderator
Partner, Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Aaron Lessig, Panelist
CEO and Chairman, Pulse Aerospace, Inc.

Eileen Lockhart, Panelist
Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Program Manager, Xcel Energy

Live and Webinar

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. MT
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon MT

7:30 am – 11:00 am PT
8:30 am – 12:00 noon MT
9:30 am – 1:00 pm CT
10:30 am – 2:00 pm ET

We will apply for CLE credit in Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Washington. Dorsey is an Accredited CLE Provider in California and New York, and this program will be CLE accredited in those states. For any other state, Dorsey will not be applying for CLE credit, however, participants are welcome to apply for or claim credit according to their jurisdiction's regulations.

For further information on CLE and credit matters, please contact Michelle Hubble.

If you have questions, please contact Jayne Wilgus at 612-343-8272 or via e-mail.