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Raven donates drones to State

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From left, Don Marshall, the interim dean for the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences; Peter Kovacs, an assistant professor of precision agriculture crop systems; Van Kelley, department head for agricultural and biosystems engineering; and David Wright, department head for agronomy, horticulture and plant science; accept the donation from Shane Swedlund, an engineering manager for Raven Applied Technology, center.

SDSU assistant professor Peter Kovacs and Raven's Shane Swedlund unpack a wing of one of the drones Raven Industries donated.

Raven Industries donated three AgEagle RX60 drones to South Dakota State University Thursday. The fixed-wing drones will be used by the departments of agronomy, horticulture and plant science, geography, and agricultural and biosystems engineering. Shane Swedlund, an engineering manager for Raven Applied Technology, delivered the drones Thursday. In all, Raven has donated four fixed-wing drones for use at South Dakota State. "Raven is pleased to be a long-time partner with SDSU and is committed to support the advancement of precision agriculture education and practices," Swedlund said.

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