Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and USDA Risk Management Agency are offering farmers who plant cover crops this fall a $5 per acre reduction on their spring 2020 cash crop insurance premiums. To qualify, the cover crop acres cannot be enrolled in other state or federal cover crop cost share programs. Farmers who received prevented planting payments in 2019 are still eligible for the discounted insurance premiums. Some insurance policies may be excluded, like Whole-Farm Revenue Protection, or those covered through written agreements. Participants must follow all existing farming practices required by their policy and work with their insurance agency to maintain eligibility.
Applications will be accepted through January 15, 2020.