On Friday, May 15, 2009, the National Plant Materials Center in Beltsville, Maryland, will be renamed as the Norman A. Berg National Plant Materials Center to honor Berg’s contributions to conservation. The renaming ceremony will begin at 11:00 am and will last about an hour. It will take at the National Plant Materials Center located in the Beltsville Agricultural Research Complex at 8840 Beaver Dam Road, Building 509, Beltsville, Maryland 20705; phone (301) 504 8175.
Congress elected to dedicate the National Plant Materials Center in honor of Berg in the 2008 farm bill. The ceremony will be led by Dave White, Chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is sponsoring the event.
All are welcome to attend. Be sure to RSVP to Ayana Williford by phone (202-720-3210) or email (Ayana.Williford@wdc.usda.gov). You should also plan to arrive early.