March 8, 2022

March 10 Deadline for USDA-NRCS Cover Crop Initiative Applications in California

The USDA National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in California is encouraging producers to sign up for a special cover crop initiative offered through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program. The deadline is March 10, 2022, and more information about EQIP can be found here.

$6.8 million in fiscal year 2022 is being provided for the utilization of cover crops throughout California in an effort to improve soil health. The initiative will incentivize the implementation of conservation practice standard 340 Cover Crop through a rapid and streamlined contracting process.

Applicants must have farm records established with their local Farm Service Agency and meet all eligibility requirements outlined at the above link.