Growers who are covered by most crop insurance policies are eligible for a USDA premium if they planted cover crops during that crop year.
The USDA Risk Management Agency’s Pandemic Cover Crop Program is helping farmers maintain their cover crop systems despite the financial pressures of COVID-19.
“Growing cover crops requires a sustainable, long-term investment, and the economic challenges posed by COVID-19 have made it financially challenging for many growers to maintain cover crop systems,” says Acting RMA Administrator Richard Flurnoy. “Producers are using cover crops to improve soil health and other agronomic benefits, and this program will reduce overall grower insurance premiums to help growers continue these sustainable agricultural practices.”
The program provides premium support to growers who have insured their spring crop with most insurance policies and planted an appropriate cover crop during the 2021 crop year. The support premium is $ 5 per acre, but not more than the full premium due. All FSA cover crops are eligible and include cereals and other grasses, legumes, non-legumes broadleafs, and mixtures of two or more cover crop species planted at the same time.