Enlarge (credit: Nick Glenn) A sheriff’s department in Iowa has changed its drone usage policy in response to criticism from the county attorney, ensuring that department drones will no longer be used to search for missing animals. According to WHO TV, Boone County attorney Daniel Kolacia chastised the sheriff for deploying a drone to “track down some loose cattle north of Ogden,” a town of about 2,000 people approximately 50 miles northwest of Des Moines. (The entire county has a population of just over 26,000.) The 24 cows belonged to a…

The commercial drone business is taking off across rural states to aid in firefighting, data collection, agriculture and other tasks. Original article at nytimes.com