Over the weekend of September 20th-23rd our farm was attacked by drones looking to steal proprietary information.
We were harassed over 3 days occurring at 9 PM and 6 AM consistently over the weekend.
The first night a 5 foot drone flew about 30 feet over the treeline looking for our field then crashed through the trees somewhere on our property. the second night a smaller one hovered over looking for the big drone and once again crashed into the treeline. More drones were sent to find the other two, making us feel unsafe as it could be a sign of people looking to illegally trespass to pick them up. Thankfully we never planted a crop this year due to heat so they never found a field.
The attacks have since stopped but the perpetrators violated several state spying laws and federal FAA laws. The 5 foot drone would have a FAA airplane license on it that we would need to find in order to find out exactly who it belongs to.
We are sure the vicinity of where they landed, however after days of searching we are sure we can't do this on our own. We plan to get the community involved in tracking down the drones so we can bring to justice whoever is looking to break laws to see our farm.
It is the first case of industrial espionage in the hemp industry. The money will be used to hold a closed event in order to locate the drones lost in the woods.
If this launches we can make sure the coverage keeps us safe and something like this never happens again while also making a family friendly hiking event that people can enjoy. We hope to accomplish this in a fun way and we'd be willing to reward the person who finds a drone at the event a free copy of our book Farming Industrial Hemp: Not Your Daddy's Tobacco and a press release thanking them personally for helping us.
The best way to prevent further attacks is to make this public and encourage our community, friends, family, and industry to get involved.