GCN recently reported on GIS use at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). In more than a few ways, disaster response has been a driving force in those efforts. Additionally, GIS is increasingly being seen as a unifying element that connects together all components of the department's operations. More below:
(GCN, October 18, 2013)
Comment: One of the most aggressive uses of GIS at USDA is within the Farm Service Agency's (FSA) Crop Insurance program. In order to effectively evaluate disaster claims, this FSA GIS effort must track, determine and record the exact location of weather events 24/7.