Plant Materials Centers
The purpose of the program is to provide native plants that can help solve natural resource problems. Beneficial uses for which plant material may be developed include biomass production, carbon sequestration, erosion reduction, wetland restoration, water quality improvement, streambank and riparian area protection, coastal dune stabilization, and other special conservation treatment needs. Scientists at the Plant Materials Centers seek out plants that show promise for meeting an identified conservation need and test their performance. After species are proven, they are released to the private sector for commercial production. The work at the 26 centers is carried out cooperatively with state and Federal agencies, commercial businesses, and seed and nursery associations.
National Certified Crop Adviser Program Web Site
Although this site is directed at training for the Mid-Atlantic Region for the Certified Crop Adviser Exam, the site contains several useful areas of information that will be of interest to others outside of this Region. Topics of interest include Weed Biology. The end of this section contains links to excellent identification slides for various weed species. Other sections that should be of interest include Herbicide Mode of Action, Management of Plant Diseases, Management of Insects, and IPM Principles.
CORE 4 (PDF; 9.4 MB)
Conservation Practices Training Guide: The Common Sense Approach to Natural Resource Conservation