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Plant Solutions For Conservation Needs 
United States Department of Agriculture; Natural Resources Conservation Service; Plant Materials Program; Plant Solutions for Conservation Needs; The NRCS Plant Materials Program shares the agency's rich 70-year history. Since the 1930s, the program has developed plant solutions for restoring the country's most critical resource concerns. 

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Maximizing Cover Crop Benefits for Growers

The Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Lockeford Plant Materials Center conducts trials year-round to find plants and mixes that producers can successfully use to improve their soils. Lockeford PMC Manager Margaret Smither-Kopperl talked about the multiple benefits cover crops can have and how they are developing budget-friendly mixes for different producers. Agronomist Valerie Bullard showed results from a nationwide-wide trial that is looking at what varieties grow the best in specific regions and how some plants can source nitrogen for your soil.

Developing Climate Change Resilience in Conservation Plants
Learn about plants being selected and tested for climate change adaptability in coastal areas for agricultural and conservation purposes.  Funded by the USDA-Northeast Climate Hub, produced by the Rutgers Climate Change Alliance and focuses exclusively on the Cape May Plant Materials Center in Cape May, New Jersey.  October 2017 - Click here to view video in YouTube

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Coastal Bluff Erosion in the Atlantic Coastal Plain
How are shoreline property owners coping with bluff erosion?

This dramatic problem in New York’s coastal regions and waterways is the focus of this half-hour long video. The production was led by the Suffolk County Soil and Water Conservation Service in cooperation with New York Sea Grant and the Natural Resources Conservation Service Cape May Plant Materials Center. July 2017  Click here to view YouTube Video

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Wondering what to plant in summer for a 60-day cover crop? 
The NRCS Great Basin Plant Materials Center, based in Fallon, Nevada, performs a 60-day cover crop trial on an area farm in Northern Nevada. What can grow in just 60 days with very little water in the heat of the summer? Check it out to see! August 2017

Cover Crops: Current and Future Directions - Ramona Garner, USDA-NRCS 
In this plenary discussion, Ramona Garner (USDA-NRCS Plant Materials Center) describes the efforts of the Plant Materials Center to identify and develop new and improved cover crops; germplasm identification and screening, and the role of the center in national cover crops and soil health projects. This session was part of Cover Crops for Soil Health, a three-day professional development workshop hosted by Northeast SARE and Delaware State University in March 2016.

Soil Health Practices at the Lockeford Plant Materials Center
Margaret Smither-Kopperl, Manager at the Lockeford Plant Materials Center discusses soil health practices at the Center. October 2015

Cover Crop Field Day 2015 
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), in partnership with Benton Soil and Water Conservation District, hosted about 30 farmers, gardeners, and soil health enthusiasts during its Cover Crop Field Day at the Corvallis Plant Materials Center on April 21, 2015. Participants got a first-hand look at more than 40 cover crop species and varieties, while discussing the benefits of using cover crops to enhance soil health. April 2016

​The Benefits of Pollinator Seed Mixes 
Chat with NRCS Lockeford PMC agronomist, Valerie Bullard, about the various seed mixes used to attract pollinators. June 2016

Plant Materials Center, Special K Ranch Help Preserve Montana’s Champion Trees 
In an effort to preserve and plant more champion trees in Montana, the NRCS Plant Materials Center (PMC) and Special K Ranch, a working ranch for adults with developmental disabilities, began working together on the champion tree project. April 2016

The NRCS's role in developing native plant material for federal land 
Derek Tilley, Agronomist and Manager, USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) Aberdeen Plant Materials Center, ID, discusses the NRCS's role in developing native plant material for federal land. April 2015

3rd Annual Farmscaping with Native Plants Field Day 
A short video about a collaborative event of the Oregon Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Plant Materials Center, the researchers at the Farmscaping for Beneficials (FSB) Project of the Integrated Plant Protection Center (IPPC) at OSU, and the conservationists at the Xerces Society. This team provides an afternoon of technical support on how and why to "scape" your farm with native plants at the OSU Schmidt Farm in Corvallis, Oregon.  June 2011

Planting Specifications for Native Hawaiian Akiaki Grass 
This YouTube video was created in partnership with the NRCS Hoolehua Plant Materials Center and the University of Hawaii's Tropical Plant & Soil Sciences Department.  November 2013