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Increasing security at hemp farms

One hemp farm in Medford is going to use an infrared drone to catch thieves.

Posted: Jul 15, 2019 6:29 PM

MEDFORD, Ore-- Drones are an essential tool for many businesses now a days.

A hemp farm in Medford is going to start using one for security proposes.

"That does infrared. That's what we are using. So if anyone comes in our fields we will have a certified pilot in our office that if someone comes in our field we will know right away." said Nicolaas Vanderway. He is the owner of NV farms in Medford. 

Last year he lost $20,000 because of people stealing his plants.  "We probably got 200 or 300 plants stolen." said Vanderway. 

This year the farm is expanding size too. From 30 acres to more than 150 acres.

"There's differently value to the crop." said Austin Zenner. He is the lead farmer for the company. He works on the fields every day. He takes care of it and makes sure plants aren't stolen during the day. "Last year we had guards in all of our fields." said Vanderway. Those 100s of plants were still stolen. 

"They think it's marijuana still. I mean the public has to know that this plant is hemp. Hemp doesn't get you high." said Vanderway. He even has signs at all of his farms saying no THC, no marijuana. He hopes the drone and additional security cameras will be enough to scare people away. 

They could get hemp seeds themselves and grow it in their backyard if they've like." said Zenner. 

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