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Farmers for Soil Health Offers Cover Crop Assistance in 20 States

Farmers in 20 states can now enroll in cost-share programs through Farmers for Soil Health. Through the USDA’s Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities, this program establishes financial and technical assistance for corn and soybean farmers who adopt cover crops. Farmers in Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin are eligible for enrollment. Participating farmers who plant cover crops will receive three years of payments totaling $50 per new acre of planting. Payments of $2 per acre are available for up to 600,000 acres of existing cover crops. Eligible farmers will participate in measurement, reporting, and verification to highlight progress toward the goal of expanding adoption of cover crops.