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Technical Soil Services

Technical soil services involve soil scientists helping people understand soils and soil survey information.

Assistance can be in the form of:

  • Information Services - The distribution and explanation of soil survey information and products.
  • Technical Policy and Program Services - Providing soils information to support the policies and programs of other federal, state, or local agencies or units of government.
  • Planning Services - Providing soils information and interpretations to NRCS field office employees, Conservation District cooperators, and USDA program participants in the planning of resource conservation practices and resource management systems.
  • Onsite Soils Investigations, Testing, Interpretations, and Evaluations - Services that support the design and installation of civil engineering works, structures, and agricultural practices, or to test and evaluate agriculture research predictions.
  • Expert Services for Judicial Requests - Technical soil services requested as a result of legal actions affecting federal, state, or local government involving soil resource data.

Some examples of Technical Soil Services are:

  • Developing and maintaining soils information in the Field Office Technical Guide (eFOTG) for NRCS field offices.
  • Training NRCS employees and technical staffs of other agencies or groups in the use of soil survey information.
  • Assisting with the development, testing, and verification of new soils interpretations.
  • Participating in public awareness programs involving the soil survey and its uses.
  • Serving as a member of interdisciplinary teams to address resource problems.
  • Collecting soil and site data on soil performance and behavior.

For assistance or information, please contact your local NRCS Service Center.