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Soils

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The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), in cooperation with its partners, has the leadership role for conducting soil surveys on private lands across the country. The Massachusetts NRCS soils program is responsible for providing technical soil services—assisting government agencies and private citizens in understanding and applying soil information for the state of Massachusetts.

NRCS is also a leader in improving the health of our nation's soil. A growing number of America’s farmers are using soil health management systems to improve the health and function of their soil—and we’re working hand-in-hand with these producers through our technical and financial assistance programs and services to help ensure their success.

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2015: International Year of Soils

Logo for 2015 International Year of Soils. Depicts a hand holding soil and seedling.USDA joins nations from across the globe to kick off the International Year of Soils, an effort to highlight the importance of soil in everyday life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is Soil?

Soil is a living, dynamic resource that supports plant life. It is made up of different size mineral particles (sand, silt, and clay), organic matter, and numerous species of living organisms. Soil has biological, chemical, and physical properties that are always changing.