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USDA’s body to implement GIS training with ESRI

The United States Department of Agriculture Service Center Agency (USDA-SCA) recently implemented a formal training program with ESRI that will provide streamlined access to ESRI’s GIS training curriculum.

USDA-SCA GIS users from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Farm Service Agency (FSA), and Rural Development (RD) agency will take part in the training that will help them provide high-quality data and services to their clients in rural communities throughout the United States and its territories. The three agencies are stewards of spatial and tabular data used by America’s farmers and rural communities.

More than 300 USDA-SCA staff members from 50 states and field offices received training during the first phase. Due to this success, ESRI will provide an update to the first phase’s modified introductory course to include ArcGIS 9 functionality this coming fall. Additional courses covering ArcGIS topics, geodatabases, ArcSDE, ArcIMS, and ArcObjects as well as training for between 350 to 400 additional USDA personnel will be offered in Phase Two.