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Below are the average parameters of most programs:

You can receive $10 per acre on up to 200 acres or 10% of your farmed acres (whichever is larger) and $5 per acre on everything above that. There are no requirements on the species or seeding method used. 


Program requirements 

• Plant cover crops on land not already included in another private cost share program. 

• Attend a cover crop or soil health field day or workshop. Virtual options available. 

• Complete 20-minute Crop Production Survey and data entry with PFI, if requested. 

• Complete 20-minute Wrap-Up Survey to recap cover crop practices and final acres planted. 

• Give permission to PFI to request FSA-578 forms to certify acres farmed. 

• Submit to PFI copies of cover crop receipts for verification of acres planted. 

• If new to the program or new to cover crops, talk with a PFI cover crop expert (30 min phone call).

“Cover Crop Cost-Share.” Practical Farmers of Iowa, 20 Sept. 2022, 

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