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Better Agricultural Planning with Weather Stations on Tribal Lands

SALT LAKE CITY – Farmers and ranchers need to calculate how many times they can irrigate their fields and decide the optimum time to move the herd to a different pasture.

Efficient agricultural planning and decision making requires quality, historic, and real-time data.

Weather stations called SCAN (Soil Climate Analysis Network) sites provide data agricultural users need to make sound resource management decisions.

These weather stations can also help educate tribal youth using the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) model. Showing students the real-world application of these subject areas help them understand and engage in education.

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, in partnership with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, will purchase 30 Soil Climate Analysis Network weather stations and install on eligible tribal lands.

Tribes are responsible for the basic care of the equipment and routine maintenance. NRCS will provide training and support for the weather stations. Multiple partner organizations will assist with STEM education and demonstrations.

For details, or to apply, Tribes should contact their local USDA Service Center.

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