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11.09.2011

NRCS' Soils Web Site is a Valuable Resource
http://soils.usda.gov
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Soil Quality:  Improving How Your Soil Works

earthworms are an indicator of good soil quality

Soil Quality Concepts

Soil quality is defined as how well soil does what we want it to do.  Healthy soil gives us clean air and water, bountiful crops and forests, productive rangeland, diverse wildlife, and beautiful landscapes.  Click below to view information about soil organic matter and soil biology: 

Soil Organic Matter
Soil Biology
conservationists learn how to assess soil quality

Soil Quality Assessment

Soil quality assessment is the process of measuring management induced changes in soil as we attempt to get soil to do what we want it to do. The ultimate purpose of assessing soil quality is to provide the information necessary to protect and improve long-term agricultural productivity, water quality, and habitats of all organisms, including people.  Click below to view guidelines for soil quality assessment, including use of the soil quality test kit and designing a soil health card.  Soil Quality Indicator Information Sheets are available for physical, chemical and biological soil properties to assist users with soil quality assessment.

a farmer rolls/crimps his cover crop to manage residue

Soil Quality Management

How well we manage soil quality in a large part helps determine how well the soil does what we want it to do.  This section offers guidance on managing soil quality by land use, including cropland, grazing lands, forested land, and urban areas.  Considerable information is also provided on organic farming.  Click below for more information on managing soil quality by land use:
Agronomy - Cropland
Grazing Lands
Forest
Urban

 

demonstrations promote learning and soil quality management

Soil Quality Publications

Click here to visit our soil quality publication web page and browse through documents covering many aspects of soil quality.  NRCS technical notes, information sheets, demonstrations and lesson plans, and posters are available to view, download, and print.

For more information on the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service or Soil and Water Conservation Districts, contact your local Natural Resources Conservation Service office or Soil and Water Conservation District.
 


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Commitment to Equality
USDA believes every farmer and rancher should be treated equally and fairly, and we are committed to resolving all cases involving allegations of past discrimination by individuals.

Referral Guide for USDA Settlements and Claims Adjudication Process

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Women and Hispanic Farmers and Ranchers Claims Adjudication Process
If you believe that USDA improperly denied farm loan benefits to you for certain time periods between 1981 and 2000 because you are a female or because you are Hispanic, you may be eligible to apply for compensation.  To request a claims package by telephone, call 1-888-508-4429.  To request a claims package online, please visit www.farmerclaims.gov

Native American Farmer and Rancher Class Action Settlement (Keepseagle v. Vilsack)
If you are a Native American who was denied a farm loan or loan servicing by the USDA between January 1, 1981, and November 24, 1999, you may be eligible for benefits from a Class Action Settlement.  To request a claims package by telephone, call:  1-888-233-5506.  To request a claims package online, or for more information, please visit:  www.indianfarmclass.com

African American Farmer and Rancher Class Action Settlement (Pigford II)
If you are an African American farmer (a) who submitted a request to file a late claim on or between October 13, 1999, and June 18, 2008, under the 1999 USDA settlement in the earlier class action known as Pigford v. Glickman ("Pigford") and (b) who did not receive a merits determination on your discrimination claim, you may be eligible for benefits from a Class Action Settlement.  To hear information by telephone, call 1-866-950-5547 or 1-866-472-7826.  To find information online, please visit:  www.blackfarmercase.com

USDA NRCS Access Opportunity Equity Partnerships

To find out more about this conservation opportunity and more, contact your local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service:  Office Locator