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Organization and Standards

NCSS primary logo.The National Cooperative Soil Survey (NCSS) is a nationwide partnership of Federal, regional, State, and local agencies and private entities and institutions. This partnership works to cooperatively investigate, inventory, document, classify, interpret, disseminate, and publish information about soils. NCSS standards are common or shared procedures that enhance technology transfer, data sharing, and communications among soil survey participants.

Guidance documents for NCSS can be found in the NRCS General Manual:

  • General Manual Title 430 part 402: “defines the National Cooperative Soil Survey (NCSS), its structure and objectives, and the legislative authorities for the soil survey.”

And the National Soil Survey Handbook:

  • Part 600 (Subpart A and Subpart B) - information on the publications and technical references that guide the NCSS
  • Part 601 (Subpart A and Subpart B) - information on NCSS responsibilities
  • Part 602 (Subpart A and Subpart B) - the purpose of the NCSS conferences along with their bylaws

Draft Strategic Plan

The NCSS is undertaking a renewal and revitalization effort, starting with the development of a first-ever strategic plan for the partnership. The draft plan is available for public review and will be presented for acceptance at the 2017 NCSS National Conference.

Comments regarding the strategic plan can be sent to David Lindo, Director of the NRCS Soil Science Division, at David.Lindbo@wdc.usda.gov.
 

Conferences

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The NCSS provides technical and operational coordination at national, regional, and state levels. Workshops, meetings, and conferences are held to discuss and resolve concerns and to make proposals and recommendations.

 

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The purpose of the NCSS Newsletter is to provide a forum for NCSS cooperators and others interested in the soil survey and related activities to express their views. Cooperators, partners, and others with an interest are encouraged to contribute on a regular basis to this publication. The newsletter is published quarterly.

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Contact NCSS

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is responsible for the leadership of soil survey activities of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, for the leadership and coordination of NCSS activities.  For more information on NCSS, please contact: