LandCAN Toolbox

National FFA Organization

The National FFA Organization FFA is an intracurricular student organization for those interested in agriculture and leadership. It is one of the three components of agricultural education.  

The letters “FFA” stand for Future Farmers of America. These letters are a part of our history and our heritage that will never change. But FFA is not just for students who want to be production farmers; FFA also welcomes members who aspire to careers as teachers, doctors, scientists, business owners and more. For this reason, the name of the organization was updated in 1988 after a vote of national convention delegates to reflect the growing diversity and new opportunities in the industry of agriculture.

Today, the National FFA Organization remains committed to the individual student, providing a path to achievement in premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.


National Invasive Species Information Center (NISIC) - Gateway to invasive species information covering Federal, State, local, and international sources.

The National Invasive Species Information Center (NISIC) was established in 2005 at the National Agricultural Library to meet the information needs of users including the National Invasive Species Council (Council). NISIC creates and manages the Web site. The Web site serves as a reference gateway to information, organizations, and services about invasive species.
The Center grew out of NAL's leadership in the development of the Web site for the Council. In June 2000, was launched as a joint collaboration between NAL, the U.S. Geological Survey, National Biological Information Infrastructure, and the Council. The site began with less than 200 links to external resources. By June 2005 the Web site had more than 12,000 unique links. A major redesign was needed to enhance access to this growing wealth of resources.
A new Web site,, managed by NISIC was launched in 2005 built largely on the general content from the original Web site. is managed by the staff of the National Invasive Species Council to meet the administrative, communication, and facilitation needs specifically related to the business and activity of the Council.


National Wetlands Database and Interactive Mapping Tool

The Wetlands mapper is designed to deliver easy-to-use, map like views of America’s Wetland resources. It integrates digital map data along with other resource information to produce current information on the status, extent, characteristics and functions of wetlands, riparian, and deepwater habitats. ?The wetlands displayed on the Wetlands Mapper show wetland type and extent using a biological definition of wetlands. There is no attempt to define the limits of proprietary jurisdiction of any Federal, State, or local government, or to establish the geographical scope of the regulatory programs of government agencies.?



National Wildlife Refuge System - National Wildlife Refuge Locator

Find a Refuge Near You 

Nearly 46 million people visit national wildlife refuges each year. Visitors and local communities recognize refuges as national treasures:

  • Wildlife refuges are home to more than 700 species of birds, 220 species of mammals, 250 reptile and amphibian species and more than 200 species of fish.
  • Fifty-nine refuges have been established with a primary purpose of conserving threatened or endangered species.
  • 280 of the 1,200-plus federally-listed threatened or endangered species in the U.S. are found on units of the Refuge System.



National Young Farmers' Coalition

The National Young Farmers' Coalition represents, mobilizes, and engages young farmers to ensure their success across the country. NYFC supports practices and policies that will sustain young, independent, and prosperous farmers now and in the future through supporting independent family farms, sustainable farming pracices , affordable land for farmers, fair labor practices, farmer-to-farmer training, farmers of every ender, race and sexual orientaion, and cooperation and friendship between all farmers. Click Here.


Native Seed Network

The Native Seed Network is a resource for people working to add native plants back into the landscape. Since 2002 we have been working with land managers, seed producers, and restoration professionals to share information about native seed and improve our knowledge about and access to native seed.

The Native Seed Network connects people and organizations involved with all aspects of native seed, from collection, development, production, and use in restoration. Our vision is for restoration and rehabilitation projects to be supported by an abundance of quality seed that is both appropriate for the site and affordable.



NatureServe Explorer

NatureServe Explorer provides information on more than 70,000 plants, animals, and ecosystems of the United States and Canada, and includes  in-depth coverage for rare and endangered species. NatureServe Explorer is a product of NatureServe and its natural heritage member programs.

Use the database to find:

  • scientific and common names
  • conservation status
  • distribution maps
  • images for thousands of species
  • life histories, conservation needs, and more

New Farmers Website

An online resource provides centralized, one-stop shopping for beginning farmers and ranchers to explore the variety of USDA initiatives designed to help them succeed.

USDA’s new farmers site has in-depth information, including:

  • how to increase access to land and capital;
  • build new markets;
  • participate in conservation opportunities;
  • select and use the right risk management tools; and
  • access USDA education and technical support programs.

Nonindigenous Aquatic Species (NAS) Information Resource for the United States Geological Survey

The Nonindigenous Aquatic Species (NAS) information resource for the United States Geological Survey located at the Wetland and Aquatic Research Center. This site has been established as a central repository for accurate and spatially referenced biogeographic accounts of nonindigenous aquatic species. The program provides scientific reports, online/realtime queries, spatial data sets, regional contact lists, and general information. The data is made available for use by biologists, interagency groups, and the general public. The geographical coverage is the United States.

For more information on the NAS program see the NAS Flyer.


Nontimber Forest Product Resources for Small Forestland Owners and Businesses

The purpose of this website is to provide information and tools to help advance commercial development of nontimber forest products (NTFPs) on small forestlands in the United States. For the purposes of this website, NTFPs are defined as all wild, wild-simulated, and cultivated native forest vegetation other than lumber and lumber industry by-products (e.g., industrial turpentine, plywood, sawdust, strand board).


Noxious Weed Management and Control Program

The Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) coordinates a statewide noxious weed management and control program, acting to protect the integrity of the state’s natural resources from the biological degradation caused by invasive terrestrial plants.

By achieving this goal, the economic, recreational and aesthetic uses of water bodies are protected, water quality is maintained, and natural aquatic systems are not impaired


NRCS Energy Estimator Tools

Farmers and ranchers can cut input costs, maintain production, protect soil and water resources, reduce the nation’s dependence on fossil fuels, and save money by using conservation practices in their agricultural operations. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has developed four energy tools designed to increase energy awareness in agriculture and to help farmers and ranchers identify where they can reduce their energy costs. The results generated by these tools are estimates based on NRCS models and are illustrative of the magnitude of savings. Learn More »


NRCS' Lesser Prairie Chicken Initiative

See how ranchers have worked with the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to bring back the Lesser Prairie Chicken while improving their land for livestock.

Here is the latest update from NRCS on the LPCI


NREL - Dynamic Maps, GIS Data and Analysis Tools - Visualization & Geospatial Tools

National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) Geospatial Data Science Team have developed tools that allow users to determine things such as how much electricity can be produced from solar systems on a house or what renewable resources are available in a specific area. The most current list of available NREL's GIS tools for biomass, solar, geothermal, wind, transportation and hydrogen can be accessed here.


On Pasture

On PastureOn Pasture translates research and experience into grazing practices that you can implement yourself. Topics include grazing management, pasture health, livestock, money matters and consider this. As well as a calendar of grazing events! 

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Centralized Oregon Mapping Products and Analysis Support System (Compass)

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Centralized Oregon Mapping Products and Analysis Support System, or Compass, provides valuable information for making informed land use decisions related to Oregon’s fish and wildlife habitats, in particular when working with energy, transportation, conservation and other large-scale projects. This easy to use mapping tool will help conserve Oregon landscapes crucial to the health of fish and wildlife by providing easy access to spatial information on species, habitats and natural resources. The Compass Data and Resources webpages provide additional documentation and details on the ODFW crucial habitat layers, access to downloading ODFW datasets, and links to supplementary online resources, such as the Oregon Conservation Strategy.


Examples of data layers available through ODFW Compass include:

  • Terrestrial and Aquatic Species of Concern
  • Terrestrial Species of Economic and Recreational Importance
  • Wetlands and Riparian Areas
  • Freshwater Integrity
  • Landscape Connectivity and Large Natural Areas
  • ODFW datasets: Conservation Opportunity Areas, Sage-Grouse Core Areas, Fish Passage Barriers, and Big Game Winter Range
  • Access to data provided by partner agencies such as real-time fire information and transportation data

Data Availability

Oregon crucial habitat layers and other ODFW datasets are available for download through the Compass Data Page.


Oregon Wildfire Risk Explorer

Tanker flies low over houses in La Pine, 2005 Park Fire.The Wildfire Risk Explorer digital library aims to make information about Oregon's wildfire risks available to users. The portal was developed in response to the statewide Communities-At-Risk (CAR) Assessment completed by the Oregon Department of Forestry in 2005 and a need to support Community Wildfire Protection Planning. Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPP) are developed by communities in areas at risk from wildfire.
Featured Tools:

Specific goals of the Wildfire Risk Explorer are to:

  • Provide access to all the GIS data used to develop Oregon's 2005 Statewide Communities -At-Risk Assessment
  • Enable users to produce reports on known wildfire risk for specific areas of interest
  • Offer a place to organize, archive and access community wildfire protection plans in an existing digital repository (ScholarsArchive)\

The Wildfire Risk Explorer was developed for use by local citizens, community wildfire protection planners, community groups and wildfire agency staff to learn and make informed decisions about known wildfire risks in Oregon.


Pasture, Rangeland, and Forage Decision Support Tool

HomeFarmers, ranchers, and their crop insurance agents evaluate insurance programs to select appropriate coverage for managing risks. This tool is targeted toward insurance providers so they may analyze a grower’s insurance options. The analyst may consider policy cost, potential indemnities, and subsidies available from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for targeted two-month windows throughout the calendar year. 

The tool is intended to provide users with additional information of how the Pasture, Rangeland, Forage insurance program correlates to production risk. For example, a user may know his or her production records for a given year. With the decision tool, they can select that year and study how the index would have responded.



Use PastureScout and be confident you have secured the right lease, with the right person, at the right price.

We are proud to introduce PastureScout, an online network where those who own and use our nation's pasture and forage resources can list, find, and secure leases. Right now you can list and search for pasture or forage (hey and silage), just by becoming a PastureScout member (and it's FREE!). In the coming month, we will also introduce technology that allows landowners to accept bids for their lease. Visit our site, look around, search through our listings or create your own. Be a part of this innovative network aimed at helping land and livestock stewards!

Learn more here.


Pest Notes Library - Pests in Homes, Gardens, Landscapes, and Turf

Pest Notes
are peer-reviewed scientific publications about specific pests or pest management topics, directed at California's home and landscape audiences.