“Beak & Skiff has been proudly growing apples in Central New York for more than 100 years and we owe that longevity to our commitment to deploying innovative technologies that enable us to grow a high-quality product,” said Pete Fleckenstein of Beak & Skiff. “We are excited about this new partnership and the opportunity to provide a test-bed for this cutting edge growing technique.”
New York state is the second largest apple growing state in the country and Beak & Skiff is one of the most popular producers in Central New York, having been named the #1 orchard in the nation for two consecutive years.
“Dropcopter is excited to partner with Beak & Skiff as this effort brings together the region’s legacy industry, agriculture, with the burgeoning drone sector,” said Adam Fine, co-founder, Dropcopter. “We know that agriculture is one of the most significant points of entry for the commercial use of drones, and it holds the most opportunity to impact the industry and economy.”
Dropcopter is a finalist team that was recently awarded a $250,000 investment in round two of the year-long GENIUS NY program. The company is from California and is operating from The Tech Garden. Part of the draw for the company was the opportunity to test its technology in a region that is leading the nation in drone innovation and development.
GENIUS NY, which is funded by Empire State Development invests more than $3 million in six companies over the course of a year-long program – making it the largest business accelerator competition for the UAS industry in the world. The advancement of the GENIUS NY program builds on the progress of CNY Rising, the region’s award-winning strategic plan to generate robust economic growth and community development.