Aerial Photography of Minnesota: 2015

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency

Digital aerial photography was collected for the entire State of Minnesota during Summer and Fall 2015, as part of the Farm Service Agency's National Agriculture Imagery Program (NAIP).


  • Statewide; 1-meter resolution
  • Digital with four bands:  red, green, blue, color infrared
  • Orthorectification using ground control (absolute accuracy)
  • Documentation
  • Photo dates:  A seamline shapefile accompanying each county mosaic documents the date the photo was flown along with other technical details.


  • MnGeo's WMS service: View without downloading (free)
    • natural color and color infrared (CIR) are in separate layers
  • NRCS Geospatial Data Gateway

    • The site provides step-by-step instructions to download the natural color MrSID format county mosaics (free)

    • County mosaics do NOT contain the color infrared (CIR) band.

  • FSA's Aerial Photography Field Office:  Order imagery on physical media such as DVD, flash drive or hard drive

    • The color infrared imagery is available as quarter-quadrangle TIF tiles, not as county mosaics

    • Ordering process

    • Order form and price list for ordering imagery, including contact info if you have questions

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