Following is a list of freeware that provides information and tools for helping farmers manage agricultural and soil resources. Before you access any software or apps, please read our disclaimer and permissions page if you haven't already done so.

Cool Farm Tool
By Cool Farm Institute. The Cool Farm Tool is a greenhouse gas calculator that is free for growers to help them measure the carbon footprint of crop and livestock products.

By US Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service. A production-risk management model designed to help agricultural practitioners optimize crop management and maximize production and profit, to identify limitations to crop yield, to assist growers with replant decisions, and to identify best management practices that minimize the impact of agriculture on soil erosion and water quality. It is a windows-based application of EPIC (Environmental/Policy Integrated Climate model) originally developed by USDA-ARS that simulates the interaction of natural resources (soil, water, climate) and crop management practices to estimate impacts on harvested crop yield, soil properties, soil erosion, profitability, and nutrient/pesticide fate. Only available to researchers.

By US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. An advisory tool to help managers evaluate effects of forest conditions and existing or proposed management activities on organisms that use snags and down wood. DecAID also can help managers decide on snag and down wood sizes and levels needed to help meet wildlife management objectives of forests in Washington and Oregon.

Erosion-Productivity Impact Calculator (WinEPIC)
By US Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service. Assesses the effect of soil erosion on soil productivity. Also called Environmental Policy Integrated Climate.

Fieldprint Calculator
By Field to Market. The Fieldprint Calculator is an online tool for growers to voluntarily and securely analyze how their management choices impact natural resources and operational efficiency.

Fire Regime Condition Class (FRCC)
By FRCC Interagency Working Group. A tool for determining the degree of departure from reference condition vegetation, fuels and disturbance regimes. Assessing FRCC can help guide management objectives and set priorities for treatments.

Forest Vegetation Simulator (FVS)
By US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. A family of forest growth simulation models.

Landscape Management System (LMS)
By University of Washington, Yale University, and USDA Forest Service. Assists in landscape level analysis and planning of forest ecosystems by automating the tasks of stand projection, graphical and tabular summarization, stand visualization, and landscape visualization. LMS is comprised of many separate programs that make projections, produce graphical or tabular displays, store inventory information, and connect these diverse programs into a cohesive system.

Reports by Commodity: Index of Estimates
By US Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Statistics Service. This index identifies the Agricultural Statistics Board reports carrying estimates of agricultural commodities and related items. The index is designed to assist data users interested in specific aspects of the agricultural estimating program.

By North Carolina State University (NCSU) Water Quality Group. WATERSHEDSS (WATER, Soil, and Hydro- Environmental Decision Support System) was designed to help watershed managers and land treatment personnel identify their water quality problems and select appropriate best management practices.

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