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.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Natural Resources Conservation Service, Department of Agriculture
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
L - Dissemination of Technical Information; Z - Salaries and Expenses
Fiscal Year 2018
Improved soils data on 49.52 million acres in the U.S. and territoriesFiscal Year 2019
Improved soils data on an estimated 41 million acres in the U.S. and territories
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
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
All individuals and groups that have a need for soil survey information can access it on the Web Soil Survey at websoilsurvey.nrcs.usda.gov or by contacting the local Natural Resources Conservation Service Office.
All individuals and groups that have a need for soil survey information are eligible to receive assistance.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
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. Conservation District cooperators submit requests to their Conservation District board of supervisors.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
How are proposals selected?
How may assistance be used?
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.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Not Applicable. Technical Assistance.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
For more information on this and other related conservation programs, consult the local telephone directory where your land is located for the location of the nearest USDA service center. For a list of NRCS State offices with telephone numbers and addresses, information is available on the internet at http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/.
Pam Thomas, Soils Program Manager
1400 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20250 US
Leslie Glover II, Assistant Soils Program Manager
1400 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20250 USA
(Salaries and Expenses) FY 18$77,556,000.00; FY 19 est $82,442,000.00; FY 20 est $74,987,000.00; FY 17$76,723,000.00; FY 16$79,250,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
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.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2018
Conduct soil survey of private and federal lands in the U.S. and territoriesFiscal Year 2019
Conduct soil survey of private and federal lands in the U.S. and territoriesFiscal Year 2020
Conduct soil survey of private and federal lands in the U.S. and territories