Aerial Photography of Minnesota: 2013

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency

Digital aerial photography was collected for the entire State of Minnesota during Summer and Fall 2013, as part of the Farm Service Agency's National Agriculture Imagery Program (NAIP).


  • Statewide; 1-meter resolution
  • Digital with four bands:  red, green, blue, color infrared (the downloadable MrSID format county mosaics are 3-band natural color)
  • Orthorectification using ground control (absolute accuracy)
  • Status maps for areas covered, inspection status, and contractor
  • Documentation for air photos
  • Photo dates:  A seamline shapefile accompanying each county mosaic documents the date the photo was flown along with other technical details.


  • MnGeo's WMS service: View without downloading, natural color and color infrared (free)
  • NRCS Geospatial Data Gateway:  The site provides step-by-step instructions to download the natural color county mosaics (free).

  • FSA's Aerial Photography Field Office:  Order imagery on physical media such as DVD, flash drive or hard drive. The color infrared imagery is only available as quarter-quadrangle tiles, not as county mosaics.

Project Contact

Chris Cialek, Manager
Minnesota Geographic Data Clearinghouse

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