Soil is a living and life-giving substance, without which we would perish. During the Dust Bowl era, our agency, then called the Soil Conservation Service, was created to study soil loss and help create solutions to fix it. Over the years, we've grown into an agency that works with private landowners to conserve soil and other natural resources. This page features information on NRCS' soil work, including the work in Mississippi.

Mississippi State Soil

The state soil for Mississippi is the Natchez Silt Loam. Learn more.

About Mississippi's Soil Survey Program

The state of Mississippi is a part of the National Cooperative Soil Survey (NCSS)program. Mississippi's Soil Survey program has two major areas of operation production; they are soil survey and technical soil services. Quality assurance, and technical assistance for Mississippi's soil survey program are provided by Major Land Resource Area, (MLRA) offices.  The Major Land Resource offices for Mississippi are MLRA Region #15, Auburn, AL and MLRA Region #16, Little Rock, Ark.  

Mississippi consists of 82 counties, of which 51 counties are in MLRA 15 that makes up the eastern side of the state. The western side of the state consists of 31 counties, which are in MLRA 16. The MLRA's are separated according to geographically associated land resources units.  Units include thousand of acres, characterized by a particular pattern of soils, geology, climate, water resources and land uses.    

Related Links to Soil

Mississippi State Soil

Mississippi Automated Resources Information System (MARIS)

National Resources Inventory (NRI)

Soil Survey Geographic Database (SSURGO)

United States Geological Survey (USGS)

What is Soil?

Careers in Soil Science

Status of Soil Surveys

Web Soil Survey


Delaney Johnson, State Soil Scientist, (601) 965-4341 ext. 2121