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 restoration with plant materials.

To transfer technology on plant materials.

Agency - Department of Agriculture

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.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

NRCS State offices and field offices.

See Appendix IV.



Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

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.

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 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.

100% discretionary funding.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

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.

Beneficiary Eligibility

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.

Credentials/Documentation

No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

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.

Award Procedures

Not applicable.

Deadlines

Not Applicable.

Authorization

Soil Conservation and Domestic Allotment Act , Public Law 74-46, 16 U.S.C 590a-f.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not Applicable.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

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.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Not Applicable.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal 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.

Records

Not applicable.

Financial Information

Account Identification

12-1000-0-1-302.

Obigations

(Salaries) FY 16 $9,075,000; FY 17 est $12,340,000; and FY 18 est $9,364,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not applicable.

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.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. NRCS State offices and field offices. See Appendix IV.

Headquarters Office

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: John.Englert@wdc.usda.gov Phone: (202) 720-0536.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.


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