USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) announces an incentive program for cover crops

Big News!

The Pandemic Cover Crop Program (PCCP), offered by RMA, will help farmers maintain their cover crop systems, despite the financial challenges posed by the pandemic. 

You may be asking why this is so exciting? So far, Illinois, Indiana, and Iowa are the only three states that have programs for producers to receive a reward for planting cover crops. USDA-RMA as a whole is not only acknowledging cover crops as a risk mitigation tool that shields soil and holds nutrients and soil in place, but is also backing up that acknowledgement with an incentive for farmers all across the country who planting cover crops. This is incredibly important and shows the progress the Department of Agriculture is making. 

Apply by June 15 for a $5 Per Acre Insurance Premium Benefit for Cover Crops

Similar to the Fall Covers for Spring Savings Program, which also awards approved farmers a $5 reward, the PCCP offers farmers who have coverage under most crop insurance policies a premium benefit of $5 from USDA if they planted cover crops during this crop year.

Another piece of great news, a farmer already accepted into Illinois Fall Covers for Spring Savings Program is not disqualified from applying to the PCCP and could be awarded an additional $5! 

PCCP provides premium support to producers who insured their spring crop with most insurance policies and planted a qualifying cover crop during the 2021 crop year. The premium support is $5 per acre, but no more than the full premium owed. To receive the premium benefit, you need to file the “report of Acreage form” (FSA-578) by June 15, 2021 with your local FSA office. To file the report, you

Information sourced from USDA Pandemic Cover Crop Program Webpage

Pandemic Cover Crop Program Information Session

Join American Farmland Trust and representatives from RMA, FSA, the IL Dept. of Agriculture, and the Association of Illinois SWCDs to learn how Illinois farmers can access the Pandemic Cover Crop Program. 

An informational webinar will be held June 7, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM CT

The webinar will highlight the Pandemic Cover Crop Program (PCCP), offered by USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA), and how it will help farmers maintain their cover crop systems, despite the financial challenges posed by the pandemic.

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