Satellite Imagery Resources and Usage for the Farm Service Agency

Many imagery users in the Farm Service Agency (FSA) are familiar with satellite imagery, however most FSA user’s interaction with aerial imagery comes via the National Agriculture Imagery Program (NAIP). Satellite imagery from various platforms is available for free usage in many cases as well. The imagery comes in various pixel sizes (ground sample distance) and band combinations. The variety and amount of data could be of great use to FSA users. These uses include vegetation analysis, disaster preparedness, post-disaster evaluation, field assessments, etc. The goal of this paper is to present some of the satellite imagery options, how these options could be used with FSA programs, and how the data could be integrated with FSA policies. Also, there will be some discussion of how the USDA-FSA-Aerial Photography Field Office (APFO) can be used as a resource for assistance with satellite imagery. This paper is intended to be a brief overview of satellite imagery resources and usage.

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