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Major Land Resource Areas (MLRA)

Metadata Updated: January 3, 2024

The MLRA Geographic Database was prepared for Agriculture Handbook 296 re-publication and is used to support decisions about regional and national agricultural issues. The database and AH 296 help to identify the need for research and resource inventories. The handbook serves as the vehicle for extrapolating the results of research across political boundaries and is the basis for organizing and operating natural resource conservation programs. Today, USDA soil survey offices are organized to serve groups of the major land resource areas defined in this handbook. The handbook was first published in 1965 as an expansion of the 1950 map entitled “Problem Areas in Soil Conservation”, and was designed primarily for use by the Soil Conservation Service. The handbook was updated in 1978, and the second edition was printed in 1981. The third edition was published in 2006. The 2022 publication is the fourth edition.

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Public: This dataset is intended for public access and use. License: us-pd

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Metadata Created Date November 10, 2020
Metadata Updated Date January 3, 2024

Metadata Source

Harvested from USDA JSON

Additional Metadata

Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Created Date November 10, 2020
Metadata Updated Date January 3, 2024
Publisher Natural Resources Conservation Service
Identifier NRCS0106
Data First Published 2022-05-11
Language en-US
Data Last Modified 2022-12-07
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Category geospatial
Public Access Level public
Bureau Code 015:11
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Harvest Source Title USDA JSON
Homepage URL
Metadata Type geospatial
Old Spatial United State, Territories, Commonwealths and Island Nations
Program Code 015:001
Publisher Hierarchy Natural Resources Conservation Service > Natural Resources Conservation Service
Source Datajson Identifier True
Source Hash 1cf891e7981afc05dd6fae5d70711871cef3149c071fc44ede5d1c69812fb4a0
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