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DigitalGlobe will update USDA orthoimagery program

DigitalGlobe, provider of high-resolution commercial satellite imagery and geospatial information products, has announced it has been awarded a contract to update the orthoimagery base program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The award was issued by the USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), Aerial Photography Field Office (APFO) for the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) 2004 Alaska Orthoimagery Project — and represents the first time satellite imagery has been used in the USDA’s program.

Under the contract, DigitalGlobe will provide 2-foot resolution, orthorectified, 1:12,000 Digital Ortho Quarter Quadrangles (DOQQs) from QuickBird imagery. The imagery will be collected over two sites in Alaska — the Northstar Borough/Southeast Fairbanks and Valdez-Cordova areas — covering about 2,167 square miles. These products will be used to create and update the USDA’s orthoimagery database.