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National Plant Germplasm System (NPGS) Plan

The 2018 Farm Bill directed USDA to “develop and implement a national strategic germplasm and cultivar collection assessment and utilization plan that takes into consideration the resources and research necessary to address the significant backlog of characterization and maintenance of existing accessions considered to be critical to preserve the viability of, and public access to, germplasm cultivars.” Furthermore, the 2018 Farm Bill stipulated that “on completion of development of the plan…the Secretary shall make the plan available to the public.”

In response to this Congressional directive, the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) National Plant Germplasm System (NPGS) developed a comprehensive 10 year-long National Strategic Germplasm and Cultivar Collection Assessment and Utilization Plan in collaboration with the National Genetic Resources Advisory Council (NGRAC) and customers/stakeholders. 

The Plan is described in these 4 documents:

When implemented, the Plan will result in: