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Agricultural land use by field: Nebraska 2010-2020

posted on 2024-02-16, 19:50 authored by David JamesDavid James, Mark Tomer

Improving the quality of water discharged from agricultural watersheds requires comprehensive and adaptive approaches for planning and implementing conservation practices. These measures will need to consider landscape hydrology, distributions of soil types, land cover, and crop distributions in an integrated manner. The two most consistent challenges to these efforts will be consistency and reliability of data, and the capacity to translate conservation planning from watershed to farm and field scales. The translation of scale is required because, while conservation practices can be planned based on a watershed scale framework, they must be implemented by landowners in specific fields and riparian sites that are under private ownership. To support these goals, it has been necessary to develop planning approaches, high-resolution spatial datasets, and conservation practice assessment tools that will allow the agricultural and conservation communities to characterize and mitigate these challenges. The field boundary dataset represents a spatial framework for assembling and maintaining geospatial data to support conservation planning at the scale where conservation practices are implemented.

This field boundaries dataset has been assembled to support field-scale agricultural conservation planning using the USDA/ARS Agricultural Conservation Planning Framework (ACPF). The original data used to create this database are the pre-2008 Farm Bill FSA common land unit (CLU) datasets. A portion of metadata found herein pertains to the USDA FSA CLU. The remaining information has been developed to reflect the repurposing of the data in its aggregated form. It is important to note that all USDA programmatic and ownership information that was associated with the original data have been removed. Beyond that, these data has been extensively edited to reflect crop-specific land use consistent with crop-specific land cover as derived from 2014 and 2016 NASS Crop Data Layer datasets and 2014 and 2016 aerial photography, and no longer reflects discrete ownership patterns. For this data set, individual field boundaries were edited under two different projects and, as a result, the year of editing varies. Each record has a field, updateYr, that reflect the year of editing.

The ACPF field boundaries feature class incorporates two additional resources that form the Nebraska ACPF Land Use database. The Nebraska ACPF Fields Crop History table holds the dominant land use class, derived from the NASS CDL, for individual fields from 2010 to 2020. The Nebraska ACPF Land Use table hold summary land use information for individual fields for 2015 to 2020 including an assigned General Land Use (GenLU) that represent the cropping system over that period. In lieu of a data dictionary for these resources, each dataset has a FGDC-compliant metadata file using the North American ISO 19115-2003 profile in .xml format.

For more information about this dataset contact David E. James at or

Resources in this dataset:

  • Resource Title: Nebraska ACPF Crop History 2010-2020.

    File Name: NE_ACPFfields_CropHistory2010_2020.pdf

    Resource Description: Nebraska ACPF Crop History 2010-2020

    Resource Software Recommended: Adobe Acrobat,url:

  • Resource Title: Nebraska ACPF Land Use 2015-2020.

    File Name: NE_ACPFfields_LandUse2015_2020.pdf

    Resource Description: Nebraska ACPF Land Use 2015-2020

    Resource Software Recommended: Adobe Acrobat,url:

  • Resource Title: Agricultural land use by field: Nebraska 2010-2020.

    File Name:

    Resource Description: This field boundaries dataset has been assembled to support field-scale agricultural conservation planning using the USDA/ARS Agricultural Conservation Planning Framework (ACPF).

    Resource Software Recommended: ESRI's ArcGIS,url:

  • Resource Title: Nebraska Field Boundaries 2020.

    File Name: NE_ACPFfields2020.pdf

    Resource Description: Nebraska Field Boundaries 2020 metadata

    Resource Software Recommended: Adobe Acrobat,url:



USDA-NRCS: Conservation Innovation Grant


Data contact name

James, David E.

Data contact email


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Intended use

This field boundaries dataset has been assembled to support field-scale agricultural conservation planning using the USDA/ARS Agricultural Conservation Planning Framework (ACPF).

Use limitations

USDA-ARS makes no representation nor extends any warranties of any kind, either express or implied, of merchantability or fitness of the information obtained using the ACPF data for any particular purpose, or that use of the ACPF data will not infringe any patent, copyright, trademark, or other intellectual property rights, or any other express or implied warranties. In no event shall the creators, custodians, or distributors of this information be liable for any damages arising out of its use (or the inability to use it).

Temporal Extent Start Date


Temporal Extent End Date



  • Not specified

Geographic Coverage


Geographic location - description


ISO Topic Category

  • boundaries
  • farming
  • geoscientificInformation
  • planningCadastre

National Agricultural Library Thesaurus terms

agricultural land; land use; agricultural watersheds; planning; conservation practices; landscapes; hydrology; soil types; land cover; farms; landowners; riparian areas; private ownership; spatial data; data collection; USDA; databases; Farm Bill; common land unit; metadata; aerial photography; Nebraska; Research Technology and Engineering; Natural Resources Earth and Environmental Sciences

OMB Bureau Code

  • 005:18 - Agricultural Research Service

OMB Program Code

  • 005:040 - National Research

ARS National Program Number

  • 211

Primary article PubAg Handle

Pending citation

  • No

Public Access Level

  • Public

Preferred dataset citation

James, David E.; Tomer, Mark (2021). Agricultural land use by field: Nebraska 2010-2020. Ag Data Commons.