Through a three-year demonstration project aimed at expanding usage of cover crops in Iowa, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship will provide $5/acre for cover crops to eligible applicants. Funding will be provided through RMA as an additional insurance premium discount through normal crop insurance processes. The new premium reduction will be available for fall-planted cover crops with a spring-planted cash crop. Cover crop acres currently enrolled in state and/or federal programs are not eligible for this program. Farmers are encouraged to wait to apply until their cover crop seeding has been completed.
Applications are being accepted until January 15, 2019.