Alaska Aviation Proving Ground, Inc.

Exceptional Photogrammetric Unmanned Aerial Imaging Systems

Unmanned Aerial Remote Sensing and UAV Flight Training

Cary Yamamoto 775-691-7655

4250 Plumas St. Reno, NV 89509



Professional Profile and Objective

Both agriculture and community involvement have played a major role for my entire life.  My family moved to Reno 60 years ago, and I grew up farming in Northern Nevada, raising row crops such as garlic and onions.  In addition to other standard crops of hay and grain, we experimented with seed/oil crops such as onion seed, carrot seed, and safflower.  For the past 15 years, I have managed Dayton Valley Turf, providing drought adapted turf products for customers ranging from the small do-it-yourself homeowner to large projects like Somerset Golf and Moana Springs Ball Park.

My current interests are focused on ways to maintain our quality of life in the face of the drought, and changing weather patterns here in the West.

Being a mechanical engineer by training, and a farmer by vocation, makes me very interested in technological solutions to the water challenge.  I’m testing a vertical farm concept (indoor agriculture), and traditional Chinese medicine crops which will use minimal water.  I also know that irrigated landscapes serve a vital role in community wellbeing, as places for sport, relaxation, and scenic beauty, but are unfortunately a large consumer of water.

Dayton Valley Turf, of which I’ve been the General Manager and Owner since 1998, is proud to collaborate with Alaska UAV to bring 21st century unmanned aerial imaging system (UAIS) technology to learn more about the drought and what can be done to save water in irrigated landscapes.  I believe with this advanced tool, we will be able to identify numerous water saving opportunities, as well as develop tools and methods of more broad applicability and economic value to Nevada.


Professional Accomplishments

USDA – Natural Resource Conservation Service

• Developed crop planting plans and created best management practices that reduced soil erosion.

• Grant recipient to construct high tunnel system to extend seasonal growing of crops, save water, and ultimately increase soil fertility.

University of Nevada, Reno, Student Mentor

• Ongoing support and involvement of UNR agriculture majors in Summer Internships

• Supervision and planning of enrichment activities, career guidance, and feedback

Nevada Landscape Association

• Judge for the Certified Landscape Technician credential

State of Nevada Department of Agriculture

• Annual field review with agency representatives to apply nursery stock license renewal

• Annual product review to obtain certification for interstate shipments into California

State of Nevada Department of Environment Protection

• Developed water-saving process to allow use of effluent water on rotational crops


Community Service and Volunteer Work

Nevada Landscape Association Volunteer 2000-2008

• Developed testing location for the Certified Landscape Technician certification program at Truckee meadows Community College (TMCC)

• Judge for Certified Landscape Technician

Reno Howakai – Treasurer, 2005-Present

• Local Buddhist group affiliated with the Placer Buddhist Church in Penryn, CA

Reno Taiko-Tsurunokai – Founder Member 1997-present

• Traditional Japanese Taiko drum group

• Performs at Schools, Senior Centers, Art Town events, and other non-profit groups to promote the music and culture of the Japanese Taiko drum

AidsLifeCycle (ALC) – Fundraiser and Rider 2007-present

• Fundraised with an organization that has given 14 million to support HIV/AIDS awareness, research, and critical support to those living with HIV/AIDS

• Traveled 545 miles on bicycle from San Francisco to Los Angeles to commemorate each year’s fundraising event.

• Volunteer recruiter and trainer facilitating a fellow rider’s recovery from serious athletic injury to be ready for the ALC 2016.  Fundraising and team building currently.



Work History

General Manager Dayton Valley Turf 1998 to present


Director, Prospective Students University of Nevada, Reno 1992-1996





B.S., Mechanical Engineering

 University of Nevada, Reno

University of Nevada, Reno 1996



References are available upon request.





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