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Cover Crop Guidelines and Policy from USDA Add Management Flexibility

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and Risk Management Agency (RMA) have developed new guidelines and policy on when cover crops must be terminated in order for farmers to remain eligible for crop insurance. Changes mandated by the 2018 Farm Bill will take effect with the 2020 crop year. With the changes, cover crop management practices are covered by Good Farming Practice provisions, and crop insurance will attach at time of planting the insured crop. NRCS is now recognized as an agricultural expert resource for cover crop management systems.