Soil Survey

To produce and maintain up to date soil survey information (maps, data sets, soil interpretations, and reports) of the United States for widespread use by interested agencies, organizations, and individuals and to assist in the use of this information.

Agency - Department of Agriculture

Established in 1862, the Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

State and local offices of the Natural Resources Conservation Service; see Appendix IV of the Catalog for addresses.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Monarch Construction Llc $ 12,650   2011-09-012012-09-30
University Of Florida $ 94,494   2008-09-042009-09-30
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Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Scientists and policy makers use soil survey information in studying global climate change and evaluating the sustainability and environmental impacts of land use and management practices, Soil Surveys provide input data that computer simulation models use to predict the dynamics of carbon, nutrients, and water in soils.

Soil surveys are used by planners, ,engineers, zoning commissions, tax commissions, homeowners, farmers, ranchers, developers, landowners, and operators to evaluate soil suitability for home sites, subdivisions, commercial and industrial sites, farms, wildlife and recreational areas, prime agricultural land, hydric soils, highly erodible lands, highways, and airports and to select and implement appropriate use and management of those soils.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

All individuals and groups that have a need for soil survey information can access it on the Web Soil Survey at or by contacting the local Natural Resources Conservation Service Office.

Beneficiary Eligibility

All individuals and groups that have a need for soil survey information are eligible to receive assistance.


No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applicants may access the Web Soil Survey or request information from the local office of the Natural Resources Conservation Service, local Conservation Districts, Extension Service, the State Office of the Natural Resources Conservation Service, State Agricultural Experiment Station. Local units of government submit requests to State Conservationist, Natural Resources Conservation Service, see Appendix IV in the Catalog for addresses. Conservation District cooperators submit requests to their Conservation District board of supervisors.

Award Procedures

Not applicable.


Not Applicable.


The Soil Information Assistance for Community Planning and Resource Development Act of 1966, Public Law 89-560; Soil Conservation and Domestic Allotment Act, Public Law 74-46, 16 U.S.C 590.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Not Applicable. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Technical Assistance.

Post Assistance Requirements


Not Applicable.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.


Not Applicable.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Salaries) FY 16 $79,250,000; FY 17 est $83,612,000; and FY 18 est $79,696,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not Applicable.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

'List of Published Soil Surveys;' 'From the Surface Down: An Introduction to Soil Surveys for Agronomic Use?; 'Urban Soil Primer?; 'Soil Surveys Can Help You,' PA-1054. These publications are available from the Office of Public Affairs, USDA-NRCS, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250, at no charge.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. State and local offices of the Natural Resources Conservation Service; see Appendix IV of the Catalog for addresses.

Headquarters Office

Pamela Thomas 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20250 Email: Phone: (202) 205-4211 Fax: (202) 720-5493

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.

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