On a dairy farm off a dirt road in Watkins, Minnesota, farmers, engineers and agriculture technology leaders gathered at the edge of a corn field for an international drone competition that they hoped would reveal exciting new uses for emerging tech in the state’s oldest industry.

The small town of less than a thousand is an unlikely place to garner international attention. But Anthony Feizi-Sobbi, a member of the Austrailian team participating in the challenge, saw the remote dairy farm a bit differently.