National Agriculture Imagery Program

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The DOI and its Bureaus have been long-time users of and contributors to the National Agriculture Imagery Program (NAIP), which produces a 1-meter resolution orthoimagery product over the continental U.S. during the growing season. Under an agreement with U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (FSA), the DOI provides about 12% of the Program’s annual funding with contributions from the USGS and five other DOI Bureaus. NAIP imagery meets a variety of Bureau and departmental needs. For example, within the National Geospatial Program, NAIP imagery is included in The National Map and is a base layer for the U.S. Topo map products. The DOI receives a copy of the NAIP data; the 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. A Memorandum of Understanding between DOI and FSA was signed and is active for 2015–2017.

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Robert Pierce
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