The 1930s Dust Bowl taught us that plants play a critical role in the health of our environment.
Drought is a weather phenomenon plaguing agriculture since civilizations began farming and ranching as organized ways to feed themselves. Drought that affects growing or grazing quality affects about a third of the nation's counties each year.
Plant Materials Centers evaluate the water use efficiency of plants and techniques for restoring areas of low precipitation. The objective of these evaluations is to provide landowners with plants and technology to solve conservation issues and re-establish ecosystem function in areas with less than ideal precipitation.