Plant Materials for Conservation
To assemble, evaluate, 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 revegetation with plant materials. To transfer technology on plant materials to conservation partners and the public.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Natural Resources Conservation Service, Department of Agriculture
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
J - Provision of Specialized Services; Z - Salaries and Expenses
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.
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. Contact the local Natural Resources Conservation Service office.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
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. Participation in the program is limited to conservation cooperators in conjunction with soil conservation districts, State Agricultural Experiment Stations, State Crop Improvement Associations and other Federal and State agencies. The program currently maintains breeder or foundation materials for about 580 conservation plants that were released by NRCS and cooperators. The program provides commercial seed and plant growers with limited quantities of breeder and foundation quality seed or propagules of NRCS-released conservation plants through state Crop Improvement Associations or Foundations Seed Services, or in some cases directly to commercial growers.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, nonfederal 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
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 Not Applicable
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/.
, Ecological Sciences Division, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, P.O. Box 2890
Washington, DC 20013 US
(Salaries and Expenses) FY 18$8,703,000.00; FY 19 est $11,062,000.00; FY 20 est $9,481,000.00; FY 17$11,857,000.00; FY 16$9,075,000.00; -
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 2,800 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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