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posted on 2024-02-13, 13:39 authored by USDA Agricultural Research Service, Colorado State University

GPFARM (Great Plains Framework for Agricultural Resource Management) is a simulation model computer application. It incorporates state of the art knowledge in agronomy, animal science, economics, weed science and risk management into a user-friendly, decision support tool. Producers, agricultural consultants, action agencies and scientists can utilize GPFARM to test alternative management strategies that may in turn lead to sustainable agriculture, a reduction in pollution, or maximum economic return. GPFARM Express contains default projects to allow users to quickly set up their operations.

GPFARM Decision Support System (DSS) Objective: Develop a resource management decision support system (DSS) that is capable of simulating and analyzing 10-50 year farm/ranch production plans with respect to water, nutrient, and pest management along with their associated economic and environmental risks.

GPFARM DSS Benefits: GPFARM integrates state of the art agricultural science knowledge with associated economic and environmental analysis into a whole-enterprise evaluation. Results from the DSS provide agricultural consultants, producers, and action agencies with information for making management decisions that promote sustainable agriculture.

GPFARM provides feedback concerning the most effective technology and assists in determining areas requiring further research and development. This is an evolutionary process that ties research and technology transfer closely together.

GPFARM serves to bring scientists from different disciplines together with producers and consultants to solve complex problems in agriculture. Products within GPFARM:

  • A user-friendly, farm/ranch simulation model that produces output for various agricultural production systems and management options with respect to economics, environmental impact and sustainability.
  • A detailed whole farm/ranch economic analysis package (PAL Budgeting Program).
  • A web based, encyclopedic agricultural information system.
  • A stand-alone weed management model (WISDEM).
  • Tools to analyze weed pressure effects and N fertilizer requirements.
  • Analysis tools for results including output data visualization, indices and the Multiple
  • Criterion Decision Making model.
  • Spatial data visualization tools.

    Resources in this dataset:




Data contact name

Derner, Justin

Data contact email


United States Department of Agriculture


  • Not specified

ISO Topic Category

  • environment
  • farming

National Agricultural Library Thesaurus terms

models; Great Plains region; resource management; decision support systems; Colorado; United States; Agricultural Research Service; simulation models; computer techniques; agronomy; animal science; risk management; consultants; scientists; sustainable agriculture; pollution; costs and returns; farms; pest management; risk; agricultural sciences; environmental assessment; research and development; technology transfer; production technology; environmental impact; economic analysis; information systems; weed control; nitrogen fertilizers; fertilizer requirements; spatial data; computer software

OMB Bureau Code

  • 005:18 - Agricultural Research Service

OMB Program Code

  • 005:040 - National Research

Primary article PubAg Handle

Pending citation

  • No

Public Access Level

  • Public

Preferred dataset citation

USDA Agricultural Research Service; Colorado State University (2019). GPFARM. United States Department of Agriculture.