Illinois Cover Crop Initiative

The application deadline is December 31, 2022, but available funds are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
In partnership with ADM and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Farmers Business Network, American Farmland Trust is taking applications for the Illinois Cover Crop Initiative. Incentives will be available to an estimated 400 farmers enrolling up to a total of 75,000 acres, including acres that have previously been planted to cover crops. Applicants have the option of one- to four-year contracts and will be required to follow NRCS standards and specifications for managing cover crops. Incentives include $10 per acre annually supported by technical assistance.