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.
About 450 releases of grasses, legumes, forbs, shrubs, and trees have been developed and made available for commercial increase through this program. Uses include erosion control and sediment reduction, roadside and stream bank protection, wetlands restoration, buffer strip establishment, surface-mined land reclamation, biofuels, and wildlife food and cover. The annual commercial production of NRCS released grasses, legumes and woody plants by commercial seed growers and nurserymen is equivalent to the amount required to establish vegetative cover on over 2,000,000 acres of land.
Uses and Use Restrictions
Plant materials are used in all phases of the soil and water conservation program.
This program emphasizes field testing to determine the plant's value and restoration techniques.
It is limited to conservation cooperators properties in conjunction with soil conservation districts, State Agricultural Experiment Stations, State Crop Improvement Associations and other Federal and State agencies.
The program also provides commercial seed growers with breeder and foundation quality seed or propagules.
Other plants or seed are not provided to the general public.
Large-scale production is conducted by cooperating commercial producers.
Free plants, seed and/or grants are not available to nurseries or the public.
Cooperating State and Federal agencies and cooperators of conservation districts where structured evaluations are conducted and commercial seed growers and nurserymen interested in the commercial production of selected plant materials.
Applicants are also eligible in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
The general public is not eligible to participate in this program.
Cooperating State and Federal agencies and cooperators of conservation districts and commercial seed growers and nurserymen interested in the production of selected plant materials. Applicants are also eligible in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
Aplication and Award Process
This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.
Contact the local Natural Resources Conservation Service office.
Soil Conservation and Domestic Allotment Act of 1936, as amended, Public Law 74-46.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula and no matching requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Post Assistance Requirements
(Salaries and expenses) FY 07 $12,243,487; FY 08 est $10,858,000; and FY 09 est not reported.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature
"National Plant Materials Manual; "Grass Seed Production and Harvest in the Great Plains," FB 2226; "Building, Planting and Maintaining Sand Dunes," L 42; "Grasses and Legumes for Soil Conservation in the Pacific Northwest and Great Basin States," AH 339. "Conservation Plants for the Northeast," NRCS, USDA Program Aid No. 1154; "Plant Performance on Surface Coal Mine Spoil in the Eastern United States," NRCS TP 155; "Plant Materials For Conservation," NRCS Program Aid No. 1219; "Plant Materials For Use On Surfaced Mined Land in Arid and Semiarid Regions," NRCS TP 157; "New Plants For Conservation," NRCS Environmental Quality Aid; "Grass Varieties in the United States," SCS Handbook 170. "Native Grass Seed Production Manual," USDA-NRCS, DU-Canada; "Vegetating With Native Grasses in Northeastern North America," USDA-NRCS, DU-Canada. An internet homepage with more information may be found at: http://plant- materials.nrcs.usda.gov.
Regional or Local Office
NRCS State offices and field offices. See Appendix IV.
Deputy Chief For Science and Technology, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Department of Agriculture, P.O. Box 2890, Washington, DC 20013. Telephone: (202) 720-4630.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals