NI_450_301_ _A - Subpart A – Purpose, Background, and Responsibility
Subpart A – Purpose, Background, and Responsibility
Subpart A – Purpose, Background, and Responsibility


301.0  Purpose

This national instruction provides instructions to State-level FOTG content managers and authorizes them to establish FOTG access to the Agriculture Applied Climate Information System (AgACIS).

301.1  Background

A.  Access to readily available climate data is important in the conservation planning process.

B.  The AgACIS module in FOTG provides access to historical and real-time daily climate data from theβ€”

(1)  National Weather Service (NWS) Cooperative Observer Program (COOP) Network, accessible through the NWS Web site at

(2)  NRCS SNOwpack TELemetry (SNOTEL) Network, accessible at

(3)  Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow (CoCoRaHS), accessible at

(4)  National Interagency Fire Center Remote Automated Weather Stations (RAWS), accessible at

C.  AgACIS also provides climate interpretations for wetlands determinations, soil surveys, and engineering applications.

301.2  Responsibility

A.  The NRCS National Water and Climate Center (NWCC), located in Portland, OR, is responsible for providing climate information for conservation planning and application purposes.

B.  To accomplish this task, the NWCC works in cooperation with the Northeast Regional Climate Center (NRCC), located at Cornell University.  More information concerning the NRCC is available through their Web site at

C.  NWCC, working with the NRCS National Technical Guide Committee, and in cooperation with NRCC, developed a climate data module within FOTG to access currently active climate station data for use in conservation planning.




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