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Instructions for the RCA Interactive Data View

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The Soil and Water Resources Conservation Act (RCA) authorizes USDA to report on the condition of natural resources, and to analyze conservation programs and opportunities. This site supports the RCA by providing data from a variety of sources, including data on the status and trends of natural resources, conservation efforts (funding and conservation practices applied), and the agricultural sector. Data reports can be viewed and downloaded using the 4 easy steps below.

Four Basic Steps

1. Select Scale

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Choose whether you want reports at the State, Regional, or National level (the link to National level data is at the bottom of the map). Regional data reports are available for the USDA Farm Production Regions, and Conservation Effects Assessment Program (CEAP) publications are available by CEAP regions. Only 1 scale can be selected at a time. Select the desired scale and wait several seconds while the map loads.



2. Select Subjects (optional)

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Click on Profiles, or click on the + to expand the Profiles menu, to select reports on Conservation Programs, or summary reports from the National Resources Inventory (NRI), the Economic Research Service (State level only), and the Census of Agriculture (State level only).If you want to view all the reports available at the scale you chose in Step 1, leave all subject boxes unchecked (or check all boxes). If you want to filter the results to show only specific subjects then check the boxes for the desired subjects. To select NRI reports, click on the Natural Resources box, or click on the + to expand the menu to select NRI reports on specific subjects. To select CEAP publications, click on the CEAP Conservation Assessments box, or click on the + to expand the menu to select specific CEAP subjects.



3. View Reports

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Click on an area of the map, or on the National Data link at the bottom of the map, to view the list of available reports for the selected area. You may zoom in or out or pan across the map if needed to find your area of interest.



4. Download Data

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To download the data for customized use, click on the CSV link next to the report name and save the file to your computer. CSV files may be opened in spreadsheet software such as Excel.To view the report online with graphics, click on the HTML or PDF link next to the report name.



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