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New resource helps Western farmers find cover crop seed vendors

Technical Note produced by the Corvallis Plant Materials Center


News Release #: 2018-08-044

Contact: Annie Young Mathews, Corvallis Plant Materials Center
Phone: 541-801-2282. Email:

Tracy Robillard, Public Affairs Officer
Phone: 503-414-3220. Email:

CORVALLIS, Ore. – (August 23, 2018) — As fall approaches, many farmers are getting ready to seed cover crops to protect and recharge their soil after harvest. But finding a vendor to acquire specific types of cover crop seed can be a challenge.

To that end, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service released a new publication that provides contact information for retail and wholesale seed companies and vendors carrying conventional, organic, and untreated seed throughout the West.

View the tech note directly here: or browse additional technical resources here:

The information was compiled by staff at the Plant Materials Center in Corvallis as a resource to help facilitate the use of cover crops across the West. The NRCS Plant Materials Program has more than 75 years of experience in planting technology and conservation evaluation.

“Soil health management is a growing concern for many farmers, ranchers, and land managers throughout the western United States,” said Annie Young-Mathews, manager of the Corvallis Plant Materials Center. “Cover crops can be an integral part of a soil health management system by adding diversity to a crop rotation, providing cover, and providing organic matter and living roots to feed the soil food web.”


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