OFI 367: How To Invent New Agricultural Technology | FFA SAE Edition | Loren King | Branch Area Career Center FFA



Loren King is the last of the American Star Finalists that I was privileged enough to interview this year.  He has a fascinating story that led him to be a finalist for the American Star in Agriscience.

Loren developed the technology to pull soil samples with a drone.  While he still has hurdles to overcome, Loren figured out how to deploy a drone, drop it down in a field and assess the ph, temperature and moisture of the soil.

Loren was inspired by an article he read in the magazine, Popular Science.  His technology went through several iterations.  He finally figured out how to use a spring system that could penetrate the soil deep enough when he lands the drone.  He does not transport the soil back to his location, but the probe that goes into the soil can give him readings in real time.

This sounds like the future of soil testing to me!


HIGH SCHOOL: Branch Area Career Center; Coldwater, Michigan


FFA ADVISOR: Ali Bassage


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Branch Area Career Center Telephone Number: (517) 279-5730


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