ArcGIS is changing how USDA approaches policy and land management

10/23/2013 | Government Computer News

The Agriculture Department is turning to Esri's ArcGIS to create a wide range of maps that incorporate satellite, emergency response and ground-based data to create multilayered maps that are changing how agriculture works, Patrick Marshall writes. The maps are used for diverse purposes, including fraud detection, policymaking and public use. "The use of GIS has become recognized as really a core administrative function of the department," USDA Enterprise Geospatial Management Office Director Stephen Lowe said.

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