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Optimizing cover crop plantings in the Central Region

NRCS Plant Materials Centers in the Central Region recently completed studies comparing seeding dates and planting rates of cover crops to learn how to get the most out of their plantings in their areas. 

Happy Pollinator Week! BEE Friendly to Pollinators with Conservation Plants

NRCS Plant Materials Centers evaluate and release new plants to the public.  Find out more about how our wildflowers and legumes benefit insect and pollinator populations and how you can help establish and protect pollinator habitat.

Evaluating Plant Materials to Slow the Spread of Wildfires in the West

Wildfires are a major problem in the Intermountain West, affecting thousands of acres of rangelands. Vegetative greenstrips are one tool to slow the spread of rangeland wildfires. Western Plant Materials Centers are evaluating native plant species to fill this niche.

Finding a better fava bean for cover cropping in western states

The Plant Materials Centers in California, Oregon, Nevada, and Arizona have teamed up to conduct a regional adaptation trial to identify better fava bean cover crops for western states.

Celebrate Earth Day with USDA and Climate-Smart Agriculture

Partner with us to reduce the impacts of climate change, build climate resiliency, and strengthen your agricultural operation. Learn more


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