Paul Salon, Ph.D. has worked for the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) since 1979. Paul has worked as a Soil Conservationist and District Conservationist at field offices in New York State for eight years planning, designing and implementing conservation practices with farmers and other landowners. Since 1987 Paul has worked as a Soil Conservationist, Research Agronomist and Plant Materials Specialist at the USDA-NRCS Big Flats Plant Materials Center a 200 acre research facility and provided technical assistance to several states in the Northeast. Paul has worked on the establishment and management of cover crops since 1987. He received two Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Grants; Establishment of cover crops at time of corn planting; determining soil and water quality benefits. This grant included the management and interactions of the crop, weeds and cover crops with herbicides and was evaluated for soil health and soil biology by the Cornell Soil Health Lab and the NRCS National Soil Survey Lab. Paul initiated and collaborated with the National Soil Survey Lab and USDA-ARS on another project evaluating the soil biological and physical properties in silage corn systems with and without tillage and fall seeded cover crops in Pennsylvania. He has organized over 12 workshops on cover crops and soil health at the Big Flats Plant Materials Center and on farms. The second SARE grant was; Eastern gamagrass determining its feasibility as a forage crop for the Northeast, this grant included extensive forage quality analysis and animal feeding trials. Paul has written The Guide: To: Conservation Plantings on Critical Areas in the Northeast. Paul received a B.S. degree in Horticulture and a Ph.D. in plant breeding with a minor in agronomy from Cornell University. He holds a professional certification as a Certified Crop Advisor, Certified Pesticide Applicator and is a member of the American Society of Agronomy, Soil Science Society and the Soil and Water Conservation Society.