NRCS, National Cemetery Association Collaborate at Jefferson Barracks

On a day where caretakers dutifully trim the grass and care for the approximately 200,000 headstones marking the final resting place of veterans and their families, three plant specialists with the USDA’s NRCS begin work in the southeast portion of the national cemetery.

The Butterfly Effect: Conservation Helps Rare Butterfly

Pollinators play a key role in our nation’s food supply, but despite their value, many pollinator species are in trouble.

‘Windbreaker’ Big Sacaton – Protecting Crops and Structures from Blowing Soil

Since work began with big sacaton (Sporobolus wrightii) in 1980, the Los Lunas Plant Materials Center recognized the potential of this native grass species as a plant material that could be used for conservation issues.

Plants for Pollinators

Plant Materials Centers are working to select plants and provide recommendations on plants which will enhance pollinator populations throughout the growing season.

Chitimacha Indian River Cane Evaluation

Since 2001, the Golden Meadow Plant Materials Center, Galliano, Louisiana, has been working with tribal representatives on propagation, establishment, culture and harvest of river cane (also known as wild cane, giant cane and giant bamboo).

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