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Technical Soil Services

Technical Soil Services (TSS) are a function of the United States Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), under the Soil Science Division and the National Cooperative Soil Survey (NCSS). Technical soil services are also performed by soil scientists of the United States Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and the USDA Forest Service (USFS) as part of the NCSS.

A major responsibility of TSS personnel within NRCS is to assist users with understanding and properly using the soil survey and to provide users with predictions and interpretations about the behavior of each kind of soil mapped or identified under defined situations.

Within NRCS, technical soil services are provided by resource soil scientists working in USDA area offices and by soil scientists working in soil survey project offices. The soil scientists work in an interdisciplinary environment with other NRCS specialists, such as agronomists, foresters, grazing land specialists, biologists, engineers, hydrologists, soil conservationists, soil technicians, and program managers, and with university researchers, consultants, community planners, and groups involved in the development and use of soils information for the management of natural resources. NRCS has the legislated Federal responsibility to lead the activities of the NCSS.

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