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Robert Blair EF USA 2011 will visit Argentina next October. Visit his profile at www.efworld.org

USA Agriculture Program

Robert Blair I Kendrick, ID
CEO & Owner, Blair Farms

Robert Blair is the CEO and Owner of Blair Farms, a 1,500 acre dryland farm in Kendrick, Idaho. Mr. Blair raises crops including winter and spring wheat, malt barley, lentils, garbanzo beans, and peas, and has a small calf and cow operation. He utilizes cutting edge precision agriculture by incorporating Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAV) and remote sensing while maintaining sound environmental practices. His developments in the use of UAV’s have positioned him as a leader in the field whose expertise is sought after by farmers throughout the country. As an entrepreneur, Mr. Blair has founded two companies. PineCreek Precision focuses on the sales, installation, and training of precision agriculture equipment, and BUZZuav is geared towards the development of new technologies in UAV’s for use in precision agriculture. On his Fellowship to Brazil and Argentina, Mr. Blair will gain a better understanding of the international implementation of precision agriculture and its related environmental issues.

Professional Highlights

• Owner, Blair Farms, lifelong involvement and manager since 1995
• Owner/Founder, PineCreek Precision, 2007 – present
• Owner/Founder, BUZZuav, 2008 – present
• Adjunct Professor, University of Idaho, 2008

Education & Awards

• B.S. Agriculture Business, University of Idaho, 2008
• Certificate of Achievement, Leadership Idaho Agriculture, 2006
• Precision Farmer of the Year, Precision Agriculture Institute, 2009
• Wheat Industry Leaders of Tomorrow, Monsanto Program, 2003

Community Activities

• Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter’s Regional Advisory Board, 2007
• State Director, Nez Perce County, Idaho Grain Producers Association, 2001 – present
• President, Nez Perce County Farm Bureau, 2007 – present
• Idaho Technology Council, Governmental Affairs Committee, 2010 – present

Fellowship Interests

• Examine the impact of technology on agriculture in an international context.
• Gain a better understanding about remote sensing and its potential to gain efficiencies and reduce agriculture’s environmental impact.
• To gain an understanding of how government policies influence agriculture, its trade, and market development in Argentina and Brazil.

For further information, contact: Ines Etchebarne ines@icana.org.ar

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