Crop dusting demand grows

09/21/2009 | SeattlePI.com

Crop-dusting is on the rise in the U.S., with the FAA reporting that the number of hours flown by the aircraft increased 29% between 2003 and 2007, with the number of licensed crop dusters in Iowa alone climbing to about 200, up from only about 40 in the 1990s. The increased value of corn, soybeans and other crops has helped boost the popularity of crop dusting, and crop dusting airplanes have also seen prices rise, with prices running above $750,000 for newer airplanes.

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