Aerial Photography of Minnesota - FSA

For many years, the Farm Service Agency (FSA) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) coordinated annual summer flights of Minnesota’s agricultural counties. Recent partnerships with other federal and state agencies have expanded flight coverage to the entire state. Earlier USDA photos taken since the mid-1930s are also available for many areas of the state.

NAIP digital photos
Pre-2002 prints and slides
Aerial Photography Field Office information
States outside Minnesota
 


NAIP digital photos

Through the National Agriculture Imagery Program, the Farm Service Agency collects color imagery used to monitor USDA farm programs. Other organizations and citizens use NAIP photos for countless other applications. An issue brief from the National States Geographic Information Council advocates a regular schedule for this program in the future.
 

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Summary Table  Click on the year for more information

Year Status Resolution Area Color Accuracy*
2013 Available 1-meter Statewide natural color and color-infrared (4-band) Orthorectified
2012 Not flown   map (shows other states flown)    
2011 Not flown   map (shows other states flown)    
2010 Available 1-meter Statewide natural color (3-band) Orthorectified
2009 Available 1-meter Statewide natural color (3-band) Orthorectified
2008 Available 1-meter Statewide natural color and color-infrared (4-band) Orthorectified
2007 Not flown   map (shows other states flown)    
2006 Available 2-meter Most of Minnesota (map) natural color (3-band) Geo-rectified
2005 Available 2-meter Most of Minnesota (map) natural color (3-band) Geo-rectified
2004 Available 2-meter Most of Minnesota (map) natural color (3-band) Geo-rectified
2003-04 Available 1-meter Statewide natural color (3-band) Orthorectified
2002 Available 1-meter 28 southern Minnesota counties (state map)
(national map)
natural color (3-band) Orthorectified
2001 Available 2-meter 64,000 square miles of southern Minnesota natural color (3-band) Geo-rectified

* Orthorectified photos have better horizontal positional accuracy than geo-rectified photos.
 


Pre-2001 prints and slides

Earlier than 2001: Prints or 35mm slides may be available for ordering; many 1938-39 scanned photos are online.
 


Aerial Photography Field Office information

Photos from 1955 through the present are housed at USDA's Aerial Photography Field Office in Salt Lake City. The APFO describes itself as the largest source of historical and current imagery of the conterminous United States. It houses photographic imagery secured for the Forest Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service in addition to the Farm Service Agency. It also houses copies of NAPP photography, produced jointly with the U.S. Geological Survey.

APFO's catalog lists photographic coverage by state and by county. See their website for ordering information and payment options.

Sales Branch, USDA FSA APFO
2222 West 2300 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84119-2020
apfo.sales@slc.usda.gov
www.apfo.usda.gov
(801) 844-2922
 


States outside Minnesota

FSA NAIP photos are available for other states. Find status maps and links to websites in states neighboring Minnesota. More...
 


 

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