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On April 27, 1935 Congress passed Public Law 74-46, in which it recognized that "the wastage of soil and moisture resources on farm, grazing, and forest lands . . .  is a menace to the national welfare" and established the Soil Conservation Service (SCS) as a permanent agency in the USDA. In 1994, SCS’s name was changed to the Natural Resources Conservation Service to better reflect the broadened scope of the agency’s concerns. But the agency hasn't lost sight of it's original mission, the health and protection of our soils. Much has changed and grown over the years, including NRCS' soils program. Take a minute to unlock the secrets in the soil ...

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