U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
At USDA, the Foreign Agricultural Service used remote-sensing imagery to assess and monitor domestic and foreign agricultural crop yields. The Agricultural Research Service used remote-sensing data to advance the development of precision farming, map regional vegetative disease, assess soil salinity on crops, and monitor changes in animal habitats, crop growth, and moisture conditions. The National Agricultural Statistics Service used remote-sensing data to stratify land for area-based statistical samples, to estimate planted crop area, to create crop-specific, land-cover data layers for GIS's, and to assess crop conditions. Sharing costs with other Federal and State agencies, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) acquired aerial photography through the National Aerial Photography Program (NAPP). The NRCS used NAPP as a source of imagery to produce digital orthophotography in support of its soil survey program and as a technical assistance tool in helping landowners and communities conserve and protect our natural resources on private lands. The Forest Service used remotely sensed data to protect and manage the 191 million acres of land comprising the National Forest System.
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Last Updated: September 5, 1996
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