Indiana NAIP 2014 imagery plans, and 2015 & 2016 NAIP Half Meter Buy-up Information


Indiana is scheduled for 2014 statewide NAIP imagery to start being flown later this month.
About NAIP
The National Agriculture Imagery Program (NAIP) acquires aerial imagery during the agricultural growing seasons in the continental U.S. A primary goal of the NAIP program is to make digital ortho photography available to governmental agencies and the public within a year of acquisition. NAIP is administered by the USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) through the Aerial Photography Field Office in Salt Lake City. This “leaf-on” imagery is used as a base layer for GIS programs in FSA’s County Service Centers and is used to maintain the Common Land Unit (CLU) boundaries. NAIP projects are contracted each year based upon available funding and the FSA imagery acquisition cycle. Beginning in 2003, 2 meter pixel 3-band leaf-on imagery was acquired on a 5-year cycle. 2008 was a transition year, and a three-year cycle began in 2009 with 1 meter pixel 4-band NAIP leaf-on imagery. Indiana is currently scheduled for NAIP imagery collection in both 2014 & 2016.

Indiana’s historic NAIP Imagery (both RGB & CIR) collected in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2012 are currently available for download and as map services from the Indiana Spatial Data Portal (ISDP) here [ ]. Also, the RGB NAIP imagery for 2007, 2008 & 2010 are available for viewing on the IndianaMap here [ ].

2014 NAIP for Indiana
Quantum Spatial will begin flying 1-meter pixel, 4-band Leaf-on imagery for all of Indiana later this month. Both GeoTIFF and MrSID digital data products will be available later this year.


In 2014, Indiana did not participate in the 1/2 meter imagery buy-up, but that option is still available in our next NAIP update cycle planned for 2016.

2016 NAIP for Indiana
Indiana is next scheduled for NAIP imagery to be flown in the summer of 2016. This document [ NAIP 2015-2016 Contract Buy Ups NSGIC ] provides more information on the 1/2 meter buy-up for the NAIP Program in 2015 and 2016, including costs (Indiana’s buy-up cost is just over $175,000.00).


Those interested in supporting a statewide 1/2 meter NAIP buy-up for Indiana in 2016 should let us know so we can help identify additional funds and partners for the 2016 buy-up now.

If interested, please contact:
Philip S. Worrall
Executive Director
Indiana Geographic Information Council, Inc.


  1. Shaun Scholer says:

    Is the 1/2 meter buy-up for the states only or is it also available to smaller governmental agencies. For example could a county or region buy-up individually.

    • Great question Shaun! I checked with Bill Burgess from NSGIC and here is his reply/

      I just checked with Bridget Barlow at APFO and the answer is no with regard to going through APFO. However, you can go directly to the NAIP contractor after your state has been awarded and negotiate for this product with them. The contracts are typically awarded in April. Due to the new sensors, the contractors acquire imagery at higher resolutions and sample the product back for USDA. USDA would like the courtesy of being notified that you have entered in an agreement with one of the contractors so they can track ancillary work being awarded to the contractors as a result of the NAIP Program.

      Your contact person at APFO is:
      Bridget Barlow (801) 844-2911

      Take Care

      Bill Burgess, Washington Liaison
      National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC)

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