New Edition of USDA Agriculture Handbook 296!


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Ag. Handbook 296 (“Land Resource Regions and Major Land Resource Areas of the United States, the Caribbean, and the Pacific Basin”) is now available online at This handbook provides current knowledge about land areas based on patterns of physiography, geology, climate, water resources, soils, biological resources, and land use. It is designed primarily for use in developing soil and water conservation programs at the continental scale (using the LRR concept) and the inter-State scale (using the MLRA concept). The linework will be digitally available on the Geospatial Data Gateway with tabular data linked to other databases, such as the National Soil Information System (NASIS) and the Ecosystem Dynamics Interpretive Tool (EDIT). Hard copies of the handbook will be available in the near future.