NACD Responds to USDA's Pandemic Cover Crop ProgramTue, 01 Jun 2021 12:47:43 CDT
Today, the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) released a statement applauding the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s announcement that producers will receive a crop insurance premium for cover crops.
“Cover crops are essential for holding the soil and improving its water retention,” NACD President Michael Crowder said. “NACD applauds USDA for bolstering payments for these important practices to incentivize further adoption.”
As part of USDA’s Pandemic Assistance for Producers Program, the agency is introducing the Pandemic Cover Crop Program (PCCP) to allow producers who insured their spring crop and planted cover crops during the 2021 crop year to become eligible for a premium benefit. All cover crops reportable to the Farm Service Agency (FSA) are eligible and the premium support is $5 per acre, but no more than the full premium owed.
“The PCCP program recognizes early adopters and producers who prioritize soil health management systems,” Crowder said. “NACD is also pleased by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)‘s decision not to modify cover crop practice standards. These forward-thinking decisions by USDA will have lasting impacts to increase cover crop adoption across the U.S.”
Producers should contact their USDA service center to learn more.
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