A new U.S. Geologic Survey report, Environmental Factors That Influence the Location of Crop Agriculture in the Conterminous United States, provides insight on principle environmental areas of concern in locations where our food and fiber are produced.

Maps provided in the report indicate where cropland is located in relation to specific concerns as well as where conservation modifications are required to overcome limitations. This information may be illuminating for landowners that are unfamiliar with their land in terms of environmental concerns and conservation practices, but assume due to the land’s high productivity that the land and operation are sustainable.  This is a very broad look at environmental concerns on cropland, and a better understanding of concerns and practices on specific land requires talking with tenants and inspecting the land with conservation specialists, such as NRCS staff.

Information and maps produced by USGS.