Keeping Produce Pesticide Free

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DriftWatch, a map created by Purdue University, helps pesticide applicators and specialty crop growers communicate more effectively to promote awareness and stewardship activities to help prevent and manage drift effects. Drifting is when wind and weather factors can cause pesticides sprayed in the air or ground to move off target and into other areas. DriftWatch allows farmers to mark their sensitive fields on an online map so sprayers can better identify which areas to use caution around.

Read the rest of the article here and check out the map here.

Juhi Mawla, Intern, gis@vertices.com

Trying to Eat Local on Food Stamps?

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The USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) has used GIS to visually display where U.S. farmers’ markets are located and what portion of those markets reported accepting Supplemental Nutrition Assurance Program otherwise known as SNAP benefits as payment using data from ERS’s Food Environment Atlas. In 2013, about one in every four farmers’ markets reported accepting SNAP benefits. But, the proportion of SNAP-accepting farmers’ markets isn’t uniform across the country. In about two-thirds of the counties with at least one farmers’ market, no markets reported accepting SNAP. Areas in the Northeast, Southwest, and along the West Coast have a relatively high percentage of farmers’ markets that report accepting SNAP.

Check out the map and article here and check out the Food Environment Atlas

Juhi Mawla, Intern, gis@vertices.com 

Tracking the US Drought Over Time

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2011 & 2012 has proven to be the year of drought with Texas taking it’s worst hit last year.  This interactive map from NPR shows trend across time from 2011 to present with the latest update from August 2012. Interacting with the data on the map reveals more trends across several years.

Visit npr drought for more information on counties severely affected.

Data Source: Data Sources: U.S. Drought Monitor, National Drought Mitigation Center, U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration | Send feedback | Updated 8/23/12

Renice Obure, Research Intern, Vertices gis@vertices.org