M3 Consulting Group Research Featured in the 2016 USDA Technology Transfer Report

Top: First use of UAS to release Sterile Insects. Lower left: Pink Bollworm. Lower Right: M3 Desert Cardinal UAS

Top: First use of UAS to release Sterile Insects. Lower left: Pink Bollworm. Lower Right: M3 Desert Cardinal UAS

For the past several years, M3 Consulting Group has worked directly with the United States Department of Agriculture's Animal Plant Health Inspection Service in support of the Agency’s mission to safeguard American agriculture and natural resources. Our joint research has focused on the exploration and technology transfer of Unmanned Aircraft Systems from M3 Consulting Group to USDA-APHIS.

Alongside the release of the 2016 Annual Report on Technology Transfer, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said:

“USDA’s made-in-America research gives us new technology that creates business opportunities and private sector jobs in both agriculture and other sectors… Studies show that every dollar invested in agricultural research returns $20 to our economy. Just like the crops that come up out of our soil, these inventions and innovations were made in America.”
Perdue, Sonny (2017). USDA Technology Transfer Report Highlights “Made in America” Research, 2017. https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2017/07/20/usda-technology-transfer-report-highlights-made-america-research

M3's cooperative relationship begin with USDA-APHIS in 2013 with the first demonstration of UAS technology in support of Area-Wide Integrated Pest Management. Since then, Our collaborative research has expanded to support a wide array of domestic and international research initiatives with the United States Department of Agriculture and the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency. As UAS technology continues to advance, M3 and the USDA will continue to develop advanced techniques to ensure a the productivity and safety of American Agriculture.

Nathan Moses-Gonzales