PFI Small Grain Cost Share

Big news for Illinois small grains growers!

The Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI) received a new NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) which allows them to continue to offer small grains cost share in 2019-2021.

Why is that good news for, Illinois? The new CIG gives PFI the ability to cost share small grains in other states- including Illinois! Indiana, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin will also have the chance to participate in this amazing new opportunity.

What you need to know:

  • Enroll up to 100 acres in the program per year
  • The cost share reimburses farms $25/acre for planting a small grain that is harvested in 2019 and followed with a cover crop that includes a legume.
  • Plant on land that is not certified organic (transitioning is OK) and not already cost shared
  • Complete PFI’s online survey
  • Attend at least one learning opportunity per year
  • Become a PFI member

View the program flyer for a full list of eligibility and program requirements.

If you are interested in signing up or learning more about small grains cost share, please visit PFI’s sign-up page or contact Alisha Bower, PFI Strategic Initiatives Manager at or 515-232-5661.