USDA Launches CropScape Data Service

Cindy Zimmerman

To provide easier access to geospatial satellite products, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) has just launched CropScape, a new cropland exploring service. CropScape provides data users access to a variety of new resources and information, including the 2010 cropland data layer (CDL) just released in conjunction with CropScape. The new service offers advanced tools such …

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USDA Improves Online Carbon Management Tool

Cindy Zimmerman

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) recently released an enhanced and expanded online tool that helps producers estimate carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas emissions associated with a variety of on-farm management practices. NRCS Chief Dave White says COMET-VR 2.0 is a very user-friendly tool for farmers and ranchers. “Once producers have a better sense of their carbon footprint, they can …

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USDA Floating on Microsoft Cloud

Cindy Zimmerman

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced last week that it is on the verge of going live with a commercial cloud service offering for its Enterprise Messaging Service (EMS) which includes email, web conferencing, document collaboration, and instant messaging. USDA is the first cabinet-level agency to move its e-mail and collaboration applications to the “cloud,” a rapidly growing …

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USDA Data Collection Goes Hi Tech

Cindy Zimmerman

Straight from the USDA Blog we find out that the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will begin using iPads to collect data in 2011. They have already been testing them in the field, as NASS interviewer Don Phillips is pictured here using an iPad for data collection for the September Agricultural Survey. The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), will take …

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