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CALIFORNIA AGRICULTURE featured article on AgDrones published

February 24, 2017

Unmanned aerial systems for agriculture and natural resources

by Sean D. Hogan, Maggi Kelly, Brandon Stark, YangQuan Chen
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January-March 2017 

Volume 71, Number 1

California Agriculture is a quarterly peer-reviewed journal reporting research, reviews and news on California’s agricultural, natural and human resources. The journal's first issue was published in December 1946, making it one of the oldest, continuously published, land-grant university research publications in the country. It is also among the largest circulation publications of its kind (about 10,000 print subscribers).

The journal is published by the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR). In recent years, roughly 75% of authors have been affiliated with UC ANR, though, authors from other institutions are encouraged to submit manuscripts, and author affiliation is not considered in our review process. UC ANR authors include UC ANR Cooperative Extension (UCCE) advisors and specialists, as well as faculty and researchers in the UC Berkeley College of Natural Resources, the UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and the UC Riverside College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences.


The journal is indexed by AGRICOLA; the California Digital Library (eScholarship); Thomson Reuters Web of Science; the Directory of Open Access Journals; EBSCO (Academic Search Complete); Elsevier; and Gale (Academic OneFile). It has high visibility on Google and Google Scholar searches.


California Agriculture publishes refereed original research, and reviews of the same, in a form accessible to a well-educated but non-specialist audience. To serve this audience, all accepted manuscripts are edited by journal staff.

In the last readership survey, of the 9,055 subscribers reporting an occupation, 38% worked in agriculture or natural resources (private sector); 31% held university-affiliated faculty, research or extension positions; and 15% worked in government, including agency researchers as well as elected officials and staff. In addition, 3% worked in primary or secondary education, 2% were members of the news media, and 11% had other jobs.