New GIS-based mapping technologies and information systems can aid in developing agricultural and natural resource management systems that are economically and environmentally sustainable.

Characterizing the climate and soil resources and identifying forage crops and conservation plants that are ideally suited to the environment and intended use and management level will provide the foundation of a new generation of tools for decision makers. Digital maps of climates and soils in combination with a quantitative database of crop species tolerances and economic information will aid in prioritizing development efforts. These improved maps will be presented, viewed, and modified via the Internet ensuring global cooperation and development.