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  • Maximizing Cover Crop Benefits for Growers - The Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Lockeford Plant Materials Center conducts trials year-round to find plants and mixes that producers can successfully use to improve their soils. Lockeford PMC Manager Margaret Smither-Kopperl talked about the multiple benefits cover crops can have and how they are developing budget-friendly mixes for different producers. Agronomist Valerie Bullard showed results from a nationwide-wide trial that is looking at what varieties grow the best in specific regions and how some plants can source nitrogen for your soil.
  • 2017 End of Year Slideshow  The California NRCS Public Affairs & Outreach staff invites you to take a minute (or six) and enjoy the images of NRCS California in action in 2017 with farmers, partners, school kids and more. A BIG thanks to all the offices and employees who took the time to snap a few shots and send them our way. And a very big thanks to Jim Cairns who stitched it all together for us with music. Enjoy! 
  • The Benefits of Pollinator Seed Mixes -  NRCS California agronomist Valerie Bullard discusses recent efforts at the Lockeford Plant Materials Center to test pollinator planting seed mixes and other techniques to attract native bees and other pollinators.
  • Soil Health at the PMC

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