(a) In general
The Secretary of Agriculture, acting through the Administrator of the Farm Service Agency, shall carry out a national agriculture imagery program to annually acquire aerial imagery during agricultural growing seasons from the continental United States.
The aerial imagery acquired under this section shall—
(1) consist of high resolution processed digital imagery;
(2) be made available in a format that can be provided to Federal, State, and private sector entities;
(3) be technologically compatible with geospatial information technology; and
(4) be consistent with the standards established by the Federal Geographic Data Committee.
(c) Supplemental satellite imagery
The Secretary of Agriculture may supplement the aerial imagery collected under this section with satellite imagery.
(d) Authorization of appropriations
There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section $23,000,000 for fiscal year 2019 and each fiscal year thereafter.
7 U.S.C. § 2204j (2018)