[Market-farming] hovering helicopter

Brigette Leach avalonfarmshomegrown at earthlink.net
Thu Jul 13 16:12:31 EDT 2006


Well, Sam, Michigan's has and I've seen the video that they made.

Sam White wrote:

>Brigette,
>
>Your local Sierra Club takes aerial photos?  I know
>national and most state chapters do no such thing,
>fyi.
>
>Sam White
>National Ag Committee
>Sierra Club
>
>--- Brigette Leach
><avalonfarmshomegrown at earthlink.net> wrote:
>
>  
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>>I've been reading some of the responses to your post
>>and am thinking
>>"how paranoid are these people?" But then again, if
>>you all live in more
>>remote areas than I do, planes and helicopters are
>>more unusual. We have
>>planes and helicopters fly over our farm, literally,
>>every day. My two
>>cents is to not take it so personally. Perhaps,too,
>>I'm more
>>appreciative of law enforcement efforts because of
>>the extensive meth
>>problems that we have dealt with in our area. That
>>stuff is really bad
>>news!! And we've had anhydrous ammonia stolen, "el
>>creepos" prowling 
>>around in our buildings, and on several occasions
>>letting our livestock 
>>out, at night, as a distraction, so they could steal
>>from the co-op 
>>across the road while we were chasing hogs.
>>
>>Leigh, any number of law enforcement agencies do use
>>helicopters to find
>>illegal marijuana operations, and typically fly
>>fairly low. If anyone is
>>using grow lights, it does show up with their
>>equipment, and can trigger
>>a red flag. We have purchased a great deal of
>>equipment and supplies for
>>our hydroponic operation through police auctions,
>>all of it confiscated
>>from lawbreakers. We have also had our crops
>>destroyed because some
>>"yahoo" of the non-law enforcement type has
>>confiscated, if you will,
>>our land for their crop of marijuana. At least
>>around here, the
>>marijuana growing "yahoos" are not the type I want
>>prowling around my
>>farm. If they are dumb enough to plant marijuana in
>>seed corn fields,
>>which are inspected regularly, they're dumb enough
>>to do a lot of stupid
>>stuff, like shoot people.
>>
>>Remember, too, that so few people understand any
>>aspect of agriculture
>>today, it probably doesn't occur to them that your
>>animals would be
>>bothered. We discovered this years ago when a hot
>>air balloon event was
>>started in our area. They just didn't know any
>>better, but after several
>>farmers complained, the balloonists were much more
>>courteous, and we
>>seldom have any problems with the balloonists now.
>>
>>The other thing that happens regularly around here
>>is that photographers
>>fly over farms, of all sizes, take photos and then
>>approach farm owners
>>hoping that the photos will be purchased. We also
>>have several people in
>>the area with private planes who fly very low
>>sometimes, again, just not
>>knowing any better. Oh, if you happen to be near a
>>body of water, even a
>>creek, that is part of a conservation project, the
>>plane could be
>>explained. It might also have been taking photos for
>>FSA or crop 
>>insurance. It could also be the Sierra Club, who
>>regularly flies around 
>>taking aerial photos.
>>
>>The whole thing might have been very innocent...
>>
>>Brigette
>>
>>
>>
>>Leigh Hauter wrote:
>>
>>    
>>
>>>How prevalent is this?
>>>
>>>For over 15 minutes yesterday we had a helicopter
>>>      
>>>
>>circling our farm 
>>    
>>
>>>(must have circled 15 or so times).  Spending a
>>>      
>>>
>>great deal of time 
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>>>over our hoophouses and greenhouse, scaring the
>>>      
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>>heck our of our dogs, 
>>    
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>>>chickens and turkeys.  Do 'they' do this to
>>>      
>>>
>>everyone or are we being 
>>    
>>
>>>subjected to some sort of special attention.
>>>
>>>I'm offended that my tax money is being used to
>>>      
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>>upset our farm 
>>    
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>>>animals.  Of course there wasn't anything for
>>>      
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>>'them' to take pictures 
>>    
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>>>of except tomatoes, peppers and eggplant, but
>>>      
>>>
>>still, I feel somewhat 
>>    
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>>>violated by this intrusion.  Just because I farm
>>>      
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>>for a living do I 
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>>>have less privacy rights than others?   Also, I
>>>      
>>>
>>wonder if 'they' (it 
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>>>looked like Coast Guard marking on the side of the
>>>      
>>>
>>helicopter, I 
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>>>haven't got a good look at the pictures I took yet)
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>>do this to the 
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>>>big commercial operations or is this a special form
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>>of harassment for 
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>>>family farmers?
>>>
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