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.
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.
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.
Aplication and Award Process
Preapplication coordination is required.
Environmental impact information is not required for this program.
This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.
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.
Soil Conservation and Domestic Allotment Act , Public Law 74-46, 16 U.S.C 590a-f.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
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
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.
(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
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.
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: John.Englert@wdc.usda.gov Phone: (202) 720-0536.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
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