Participation in the National Agriculture Imagery Program

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The Department of Interior (DOI) and its Bureaus are long-time users and contributors to the NAIP, which produces a 1-m resolution orthoimagery product. Under an agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (FSA), DOI provides about 12% of the program’s annual funding with contributions from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and five other DOI Bureaus.  NAIP imagery meets a variety of bureau and departmental needs. For example, within the National Geospatial Program, imagery from the NAIP is included in The National Map and is a base layer for the U.S. topographic map products.  The DOI receives a copy of the NAIP data, and USGS, working with designated points of contact, distributes the imagery to other contributing DOI Bureaus.  USGS also distributes current and historical NAIP imagery to DOI Bureaus through EarthExplorer ( in an uncompressed format, and to other organizations and the general public in compressed format.  Negotiations for a new 3-year agreement, fiscal year 2015 - fiscal year 2017, between DOI and FSA are expected to start in the 4th quarter of fiscal year 2013.

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Richard Vraga
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