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== How does it work?<br> ==
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GeoAgro CPlanner enables authorized users to access NRCS customer folders containing Conservation Plans through
GeoAgro CPlanner enables authorized users to access NRCS customer folders containing Conservation Plans through , check out a customer folder, input conservation practices, as well as related documents, and send the changes back to the NRCS.
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What is GeoAgro Cplanner?
GeoAgro Cplanner is a software application focused on developing conservation planning activities more efficiently and report conservation practices, plans, and documents to the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) through the Internet.
In a nutshell, it enables:
- Technical Service Providers or affiliate entities (e.g.: State Agencies, Conservation Districts) working outside the NRCS network....
- access a Producer/landowner information (a.k.a. customer folder) in the NRCS Conservation Planning database...
- develop conservation planning activities and report electronically to the NRCS
Cplanner is a breakthrough innovation, resulting from a 3-year partnership between the NRCS and GeoAgro, under the project known as Conservation Transaction Plugin. This concept involved the implementation of an NRCS deployed software development kit that can be used by commercial software to provide access to authorized users to the NRCS Conservation Planning Database, and data resources.
How does it work?
GeoAgro CPlanner works together with GeoAgro GIS as the GPS/mapping component, or users can use the GIS of their choice. For more information on both software tools, please visit www.cplanner.com.
What resources are accessible through GeoAgro CPlanner/GIS?
National Conservation Planning Database
The National Conservation Planning Database (NCP db), is the repository where the NRCS stores all conservation planning data. It currently holds information about approximately 200,000 Conservation Plans, including conservation planning records, and more recently, document files related with each conservation plan. The following map shows a distribution of Conservation Plans locations, stored in the NCP db
Other Land resources - Web Soil Survey, Imagery, etc.
Also, after downloading land unit boundaries from NCP db, you can zoom in to your area of interest, and get online imagery, topography and soils map unit boundaries and data, from NRCS Servers, and other public or private sources. This is available through GeoAgro GIS, the mapping component.
How does it support conservation activities?
Cplanner allows customization to support local needs and different types of Conservation Activity Plans, while complying with NRCS national programs standards. For the initial deployment, the tools have been customized for CNMPs and forest management plan development. In addition to this, it will be gradually customized for other types of activity planning currently supported by NRCS, which include 9 other types of conservation activity plans: Grazing Management, Integrated Pest Management, Irrigation Water Management, Agriculture Energy Management, Comprehensive Air Quality Management, Drainage Water Management, Transition from Irrigated to Dryland Farming, Conservation Plans Supporting Organic Transition, and Fish and Wildlife Habitat Plans.
What are the benefits?
For end users (Technical Service Providers, Conservation Districts):
- Get access from anywhere to customer folders, save time in gathering customer folder information & delivering to field office.
- Working with farm georeferenced, digital information enables TSPs to streamline their conservation planning mapping, field visits, record keeping, and sharing information with their team and producers. This translates in lower costs and better service.
For the NRCS Field office:
- Can setup the conservation plan information just by granting permissions, doesn't need to prepare paper files with background information; the TSP downloads land resources information (soils, imagery, topo) from NRCS Servers.
- More efficient reviews and information exchange with TSP.
For Conservation Planning in general:
- Faster aggregated reports for management, since there is no need to reenter data.
- Cost savings by avoiding duplication of efforts.
- By going from a paper intensive to a digital workflow, there are a number of benefits that will be gradually seen, such as improved data quality, facilitating teamwork, facilitating mobile work, integrating producers in the conservation planning process, more efficient followup, auditing and monitoring, etc.