National Cooperative Soil Survey
Project DescriptionThe National Cooperative Soil Survey (NCSS) was established in
1896 by federal law as a nationwide partnership of Federal,
regional, State, and local agencies and institutions. This
partnership works together to cooperatively investigate,
inventory, document, classify, and interpret soils and to
disseminate, publish, and promote the use of information about
the soils of the United States and its trust territories. The
activities of the NCSS are carried out on National, regional,
State, and County levels. For more information, search the WWW.
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is
responsible for the leadership of soil survey activities of the
U.S. Department of Agriculture, for the leadership and
coordination of NCSS activities, and for the extension of soil
survey technology to global applications. Other partners
Federal: USDA-NRCS, USDA-USFS, USDA-ARS, DI-BLM, DI-BIA,
State: Land Grant Institutions, State Agencies (DOT), County Govt.
The USDA National Headquarters for Soil Survey operations and
Soil Laboratory are in Lincoln, NE. USDA also has a National,
Regional, and MLRA level Offices. Land Grant Institutions,
USDA-ARS, and US ARMY-COE conduct most of the basic and applied
research in soil science. Some Land Grant Institutions and
County Govt. also employ soil scientists and conduct a soil
survey program, as do private companies and consultants.