The Geospatial Data Gateway (GDG) provides access to a map library of over 100 high resolution vector and raster layers in the Geospatial Data Warehouse. It is the one stop source for environmental and natural resource data, available anytime, from anywhere. It allows a user to choose an area of interest, browse and select data, customize the format, then download or have it shipped on media. The map layers include data on: Public Land Survey System (PLSS), Census data, demographic statistics, precipitation, temperature, disaster events, conservation easements, elevation, geographic names, geology, government units, hydrography, hydrologic units, land use and land cover, map indexes, ortho imagery, soils, topographic images, and streets and roads.
The Cropland Data Layer (CDL), hosted on CropScape, provides a raster, geo-referenced, crop-specific land cover map for the continental United States. The CDL also includes a crop mask layer and planting frequency layers, as well as boundary, water and road layers. The Boundary Layer options provided are County, Agricultural Statistics Districts (ASD), State, and Region. The data is created annually using moderate resolution satellite imagery and extensive agricultural ground truth.
The Web Soil Survey (WSS) provides soil survey maps and information through an online, interactive mapping tool. It is operated by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The WSS is used by agricultural producers, conservationists, planners, engineering firms, government agencies, and others to explore properties, features, suitabilities, and limitations of soils and to view descriptions of ecological sites. Soil maps and associated data are available for more than 95 percent of the counties in the United States.
The Group on Earth Observations, a partnership of governments and international organizations, developed the Global Agricultural Monitoring (GEOGLAM) initiative in response to the growing calls for improved agricultural information. The goal of GEOGLAM is to strengthen the international community’s capacity to produce and disseminate relevant, timely and accurate forecasts of agricultural production at national, regional and global scales through the use of Earth Observations (EO), which include satellite and ground-based observations. This initiative is designed to build on existing agricultural monitoring programs and initiatives at national, regional and global levels and to enhance and strengthen them through international networking, operationally focused research, and data/method sharing.
RUSLE2 is a program used to evaluate potential erosion rates at specific sites as well as guide conservation and erosion control planning. It also provides economic information about fuel use and costs for specific crop management systems. The RUSLE2 site also supplies data files from their site that work together in these categories: Crop Management Zone, Climate, and Soil. RUSLE2 uses factors based on climate, soil erodibility, topography, cover management and support practices to compute soil erosion. Conservation planning concepts must be understood and implemented into the RUSLE2 program in order for this program to be used effectively.
The SSURGO database contains information about soil as collected by the National Cooperative Soil Survey over the course of a century. The information can be displayed in tables or as maps and is available for most areas in the United States and the Territories, Commonwealths, and Island Nations served by the USDA-NRCS (Natural Resources Conservation Service). SSURGO datasets consist of map data, tabular data, and information about how the maps and tables were created. The extent of a SSURGO dataset is a soil survey area, which may consist of a single county, multiple counties, or parts of multiple counties. SSURGO map data can be viewed in the Web Soil Survey or downloaded in ESRI® Shapefile format. The coordinate systems are Geographic. Attribute data can be downloaded in text format that can be imported into a Microsoft® Access® database.
The USDA Pomological Watercolor Collection is a collection of original watercolors, lithographs, and photographs documenting fruit and nut varieties developed by growers, including USDA plant explorers, around the turn of the 20th century. Technically accurate paintings were used to create lithographs illustrating USDA bulletins, yearbooks, and other series distributed to growers and gardeners across America.
The National Insect and Disease Risk Maps (NDRM) assess the potential hazard for tree mortality due to major forest insects and diseases across the United States. The NIDRM can summarize landscape-level patterns of potential insect and disease activity. This could help prioritize investment for areas where both hazard is significant and effective treatment can be efficiently implemented. The NIDRM page hosts many up to date supporting documents that describe this project. Numerous Zip files with downloadable GIS raster data (ArcINFO GRID format) and downloadable tabular summaries (MS Excel format) are hosted on the site.
This Image Gallery is provided as a complimentary source of high-quality digital photographs available from the Agricultural Research Service information staff. Photos, (over 2,000 .jpegs) in the Image Gallery are copyright-free, public domain images unless otherwise indicated.
Originally produced by the Farm Security Administration, these are georeferenced aerial images from Morton County, North Dakota. Historic print images housed at the Mandan, North Dakota ARS Long-Term Agricultural Research facility were digitized, georeferenced, and processed for use in both professional and consumer level GIS applications, or in photo-editing applications. The original images were produced by the Farm Security Administration to monitor government compliance for farm land agreements. Current applications include assessing land use change over time with regard to erosion, land cover, and natural and man-made structures. Not for use in high precision applications.