Plant Materials for Conservation
To assemble, evaluate, select, release, and introduce into commerce, and promote the use of new and improved plant materials for soil, water, and related resource conservation and environmental improvement programs. To develop technology for land management and restoration with plant materials. To transfer technology on plant materials.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Office: Natural Resources Conservation Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
PROVISION OF SPECIALIZED SERVICES
Soil Conservation and Domestic Allotment Act , Public Law 74-46, 16 U.S.C 590a-f.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
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.
No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Contact the local Natural Resources Conservation Service office.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Other - Not Specified.
How are proposals selected?
How may assistance be used?
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 the properties of 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 through state Crop Improvement Associations or Foundations Seed Services. 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. 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. FY 2014, 2015 & 2016 - 100% discretionary funding.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Not applicable. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Not Applicable.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. NRCS State offices and field offices. See Appendix IV.
John Englert, Ecological Sciences Division, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Ave., SW P.O. Box 2890, Washington, District of Columbia 20013 Email: JohnEnglert@wdc.usda.gov
Phone: (202) 720-0536.
(Salaries) FY 14 $8,723,000; FY 15 est $10,291,000; and FY 16 est $9,170,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
"National Plant Materials Manual" provides overall guidance on the operation, policy and procedures of the Plant Materials Program. Over 2,500 technical and informational documents on a wide variety of plant related topics may be found on the Program’s Web site at: http://plant-materials.nrcs.usda.gov.
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