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Mike Houghtaling knows a thing or two about farming.

"Time equals money, every day," Houghtaling said.

But it's a little drone that is having a big impact on how he does business.

"It might take a guy two hours to walk an 80 acre field effectively. He still might miss a disease or problem spot, where with an airplane or drone you can spot it in about 15 minutes," Houghtaling said.

But you can't just put a drone in the air whenever and wherever you want.

While the rules are somewhat hazy, you're not supposed to use them for commercial purposes without a waiver from the FAA.

But new regulations could soon make the rules more black and white.

The federal government plans sometime this year to start registering all drones and requiring permits.

But Houghtaling said more rules aren't necessarily bad.

"I'd love to get a permit. You can't drive a car without a license, you can't fly a plane without a license. So, you mind as well have a license to operate a drone. It only makes sense," Houghtaling said.

As for the naysayers who fear drones for safety or even privacy concerns? Houghtaling doesn't buy it.

"Anything could be used for a bad purpose. That's life," Houghtaling said.

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