On Monday, January 10th, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced that it is investing $38 million through a new targeted Cover Crop Initiative in 11 states to help agricultural producers mitigate climate change through the widespread adoption of cover crops. States include Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Mississippi, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and South Dakota. States were selected for this initial pilot based on their demonstrated demand for additional support for the cover crop practice. Secretary Vilsack announced a goal of seeking to double acreage of cover crops by 2030.
Sign-up dates will be determined at the state-level, and applications will be selected for funding by Feb. 11, 2022.