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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 North Dakota 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 North Dakota.

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.

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.

For more information about soil please visit our Soil Education page.

Helpful Materials

Technical References

Field Office Technical Guide Section II - Soil and Site Information: In this section you will find detailed information about soil, water, air, plant, and animal resources. NRCS Soil Surveys, Hydric Soil Interpretations, Ecological Site Descriptions, Forage Suitability Groups, Cropland Productivity Indices, Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Guides, Water Quality Guides, and other related information can be here as it becomes available.


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Soil Contact

Wade Bott
State Soil Scientist
Phone: 701-530-2021