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Soil Survey

Program Descriptions

Program Number



Soil Survey


Federal Agency




Public Law 74-46; Public Law 89-560.






To produce and maintain up to date published soil surveys and other forms of soil survey databases of counties or other comparable size areas for widespread use by interested agencies, organizations, and individuals and to assist in the use of this information.


Types of Assistance

Dissemination of Technical Information.


Uses and Use Restrictions

Soil surveys are for planners, environmentalists, engineers, zoning commissions, tax commissions, homeowners, farmers, ranchers, developers, landowners, and operators who use them to evaluate soil suitability for home sites, subdivisions, commercial and industrial sites, farms, wildlife and recreational areas, prime agricultural land, hydric soils, highly erodible lands, highways, and airports and to select and implement appropriate use and management of those soils.


Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

All individuals and groups that have a need for soil surveys are eligible to receive these documents by contacting the local Natural Resources Conservation Service Office.

Beneficiary Eligibility

All individuals and groups that have a need for soil surveys are eligible to receive these documents.




Application and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Application Procedure

Applicants may request information from the local office of the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Soil Conservation Districts, Extension Service, the State office of the Natural Resources Conservation Service, State Agricultural Experiment Station and from Senators and Congressmen. Local units of government submit requests to State Conservationist, Natural Resources Conservation Service, see Appendix IV in the Catalog for addresses. Soil Conservation District (SCD) cooperators submit requests to SCD board of supervisors.

Award Procedure

Not applicable.



Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not applicable.


Not applicable.



Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Not applicable.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Not applicable.


Post Assistance Requirements


Not applicable.


Not applicable.


Not applicable.


Financial Information

Account Identification



(Salaries and Expenses) FY 07 est $90,426,300; FY 08 est $91,354,000; and FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not applicable.


Program Accomplishments

For fiscal year 2005, progress was 9,365,881 acres of new surveys and 22,668,138 acres of outdated surveys. For fiscal year 2006, progress was 7,057,166 acres of new surveys and 28,778, 386 acres of outdated surveys. Estimated production for fiscal year 2007 is 34,000,000 acres.


Regulations, Guidelines and Literature

"List of Published Soil Surveys;" "Know the Soil You Build On," AIB 320; "Know Your Soil," AIB 267; "Soil Surveys Can Help You," PA-1054. These publications are available from the Office of Public Affairs, NRCS-USDA, P.O. Box 2890, Washington, DC 20013, at no charge.


Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

State and local offices of the Natural Resources Conservation Service; see Appendix IV of the Catalog for addresses.

Headquarters Office

Deputy Chief For Soil Survey and Resource Assessment, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Department of Agriculture, P.O. Box 2890, Washington, DC 20013. Telephone: (202) 690- 4616.

Web Site Address


Related Programs

10.902, Soil And Water Conservation
10.904, Watershed Protection And Flood Prevention


Examples of Funded Projects

Not applicable.


Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not applicable.


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