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. Partnerships with other federal and state agencies expanded flight coverage to the entire state. Earlier USDA photos taken since the mid-1930s are also available for many areas of the state.
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.
Quick Links for the Most Recent Photos
Summary Table Click on the year for more information
(also see national NAIP coverage status map for 2002 - 2016)
|2017||In progress||1-meter||Statewide planned||natural color (3-band)||Orthorectified|
|2015||Available||1-meter||Statewide||natural color and color-infrared (4-band)||Orthorectified|
|2013||Available||1-meter||Statewide||natural color and color-infrared (4-band)||Orthorectified|
|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|
|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
|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
Earlier than 2001: Prints or 35mm slides may be available for ordering; many 1938-39 scanned photos are online.
1938-39 air photos: View or download historic air photos
website. Two major sources are 1938-39 U.S. Department of Agriculture
photos and 1950s U.S. Geological Survey photos used to support production of
USGS 1:24,000-scale maps. There are also some
photos from the 1940s, and the 1960s through the 1990s. DNR has scanned the
hardcopy photos as gray-scale images; each photo covers about ten square
miles. Note that the photos are not georeferenced. The project is
ongoing -- to see the status of which areas are covered, go to the Landview
site, and check the box(es) for one or more decades under "Aerial
Photography"/"Historic Air Photos". To retrieve a
photo, click on the "info" button (an "i" with an arrow)
and then on a colored dot showing a photo center location. For
more help using the site, click on "how to use" at the top left of the
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
FSA NAIP photos are available for other states. Find status maps and
links to websites in states neighboring Minnesota.
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