Following is a list of freeware that provides soil and agricultural information related to environmental quality. Before you access any software or apps, please read our disclaimer and permissions page if you haven't already done so.

ARS Image Gallery
By US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service. Want a picture of a fruit fly? How about a picture of a riparian buffer zone? This site provides high-quality images available for direct download in three sizes: thumbnail, in-line size, and full screen. Image categories include crops, insects, plants, animals, education, fruits/veggies, illustrations, lab research, and field research (soil/water).

Assistance for the Tree Care Industry
By US Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Users can access information to develop and implement comprehensive safety and health programs, and learn how to recognize and address potential industry hazards, including overhead power lines, falling branches, and faulty safety equipment, to name just a few of the dangers associated with the tree care industry.

HORIZON Solutions Site
By HORIZON Communications, UNEP, UNDP, UNPF, UNICEF, Harvard University, Yale University, and the IDRC of Canada. A source of case studies on proven or promising solutions drawn from all parts of the world and from both high and low technologies. Subjects include agriculture, biodiversity, desertification, forests, oceans, fisheries, land management, energy production and consumption, population, public health, toxic chemical and pollution control, transportation, waste management, and water quality and supply.

Hydric Soil Series List (National)
By US Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service. Information on hydric soils (soils that are sufficiently wet in the upper part to develop anaerobic conditions during the growing season). View in PDF format or database format.

National Agriculture Safety Database (NASD)
By National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). A database of materials (publications, videos, etc.) devoted to increased safety, health and injury prevention in agriculture.

National Soil Information System (NASIS)
By US Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service. A tool to help you create and maintain soil surveys

National Totals of Pesticide Use
By US Geological Survey, National Water Quality Assessment. National totals of pesticide use (pounds applied and acres treated) by crop and compound.

NCSS Soil Characterization Database
By US Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, National Soil Survey Center. Contains pedon data from analyses for soil characterization and research within the National Cooperative Soil Survey.

NRCS Photo Gallery
By US Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service. Contains natural resource and conservation related photos from across the USA.

Official Soil Series Descriptions
By US Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service. Descriptions of the taxa in the series category of the national system of classification of soils.

Pesticide Annual Use Maps
By US Geological Survey, National Water Quality Assessment. Pesticide use maps show regional scale patterns in use intensity within the United States. The maps are based on state-level estimates of pesticide use rates for individual crops.

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.

Search the EPA Internet
By US Environmental Protection Agency. Search the US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) web site.

Soil Data Mart
By US Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service. Soil data.

Soil Photo Gallery
By US Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service. A collection of images relating to soils by state.

Soil Series Classification by Query (with FTP option)
By US Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service. Contains the taxonomic classification of each soil series identified in the United States and other information about the soil series, such as office of responsibility, series status, dates of origin and establishment, and geographic areas of usage.

Soil Series Classification Data
By US Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service. Enables you to view classification data on a single soil series.

Soil Series Classification National Reports
By US Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service. Enables you to create a report based on the national list of soil series. Reports include Soil Series Report, Soil Series with States and SOI-5s Using Report, Soil Family Report, and Inactive Soil Series Report.

Soil Series Classification Report for a List of Soil Series
By US Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service. Enables you to create a report based on a soil series. Reports include Soil Series Report, Soil Series with States and SOI-5s Using Report, and Soil Family Report.

Soil Survey Manuscripts
By US Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service. Prototypes of on-line soil survey manuscripts. Most of these are in PDF format; some are in HTML format or a combination of HTML and PDF.

State Soil Geographic (STATSGO2) Data Base
By US Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service. Soil maps for the State Soil Geographic (STATSGO2) data base are made by generalizing the detailed soil survey data.

USDA Photography Services
By US Department of Agriculture. View or download more than 20,000 images. Photo tags include beef, conservation, food safety, forestry, farms, and many more.

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