Fact Sheet: Guide to Cover Crop Initiatives

Farm and Food
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Cover crops are an important tool for building soil health and protecting the nation’s watersheds. However, transitioning to a rotation that includes cover crops involves some risk for producers. To alleviate this risk, federal, state, and private programs are available to assist farmers and landowners. 

Cost-share programs are one tool producers can use to alleviate financial concerns associated with implementing a new farming practice. For cover crops, this can include the cost of seed, planting, and termination. While the amount of the cost-share varies by program and location, cover crop cost-share typically covers at least a portion of the management costs associated with seeding a cover crop.