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The National Agriculture Imagery Program (NAIP Aerial Imagery Data) acquires aerial imagery during the agricultural growing seasons in the continental U.S. A primary goal of the NAIP program is to make digital ortho photography available to governmental agencies and the public within a year of acquisition. NAIP projects are contracted each year based upon available funding and the FSA imagery acquisition cycle. Beginning in 2003, NAIP was acquired on a 5-year cycle. 2008 was a transition year, and a three-year cycle began in 2009.
NAIP is administered by the USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) through the Aerial Photography Field Office in Salt Lake City. This "leaf-on" imagery is used as a base layer for GIS programs in FSA's County Service Centers, and is used to maintain the Common Land Unit (CLU) boundaries.The NAIP program provided data as quarter quadrangle tiles in MrSid format and as county mosaics in compressed (15:1 target compression) JPEG 2000 or ECW format. The FSA created the compressed county mosaic product to provide timely information for the FSA compliance program. The NAIP Imagery Data dataset includes polygons (shapefile format) delineating the seam boundaries between acquired imagery used in the creation of the quarter quadrangle images and the county mosaics. Users can use these polygons as a tool to determine the image source date for each portion of the dataset. The metadata for each quarter quad image includes the source date of the image.