NPR - AGRICULTURAL SITE ASSESSMENT TOOL: AUTOMATING AND ENHANCING DELIVERY OF MULTIPLE SITE-SPECIFIC DATABASES
Various government agencies maintain numerous georeferenced databases valuable for agricultural business management. Accessing these databases is oftentimes consuming and frustrating. Reducing the transaction cost of accessing these databases increases their value. Providing visual, educational and regulatory pages associated with the data also increases their value to potential users. Agricultural Site Assessment Tool was developed to allow agricultural producers, bankers and appraisers to quickly access and view information pertaining to a parcel of ground from multiple databases. Outlining a field on an aerial map and pressing a submission request button generates a report containing multiple tables of site specific information for the outlined land. Current reports contain information on location parameters; nearby communities and population estimates; soils; streams; wetlands; watersheds; floodplains; karst geology; threatened and endangered species; land use within 3 miles for past three years; crop productivity indices; temperature, precipitation and wind climatology; and aerial photography. All tables have hyperlinks to maps that identify the location of relevant land features. All tables also contain hyperlinks to educational information, regulatory considerations and possible resource assistance.
Keywords: site-specific, big data, environmental, land analysis