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Special Cover Crop Signup for Drought Counties Reaps 14,000 Acres

Renae Anderson, Public Affairs Specialist
(608) 662-4422 ext 227

See more guidance on drought and conservation at the NRCS Drought webpage


Madison, Wis–– The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced that over 14,000 acres of cover crops were funded on 183 Wisconsin farms through a special sign-up for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program.  Farms in the southern half of the state that were designated disaster counties were eligible for the special sign-up, which closed Aug. 24.  

Cover crops reduce soil erosion on highly erodible lands, reduce weeds and pathogens and help maintain soil quality and health. Over $400,000 was available to assist farmers with planting rye, oats, millet, or other NRCS-approved cover crops. 

Farmers interested in applying for EQIP funding in 2013 are encouraged to contact their local NRCS office now so that NRCS staff can help assess what conservation practices would most benefit the farm and the soil. 

For more information, visit , or contact the NRCS office at the USDA Service Center serving your county.

More information on special cover crop signup.

 Map of severely affected counties eligible for special EQIP cover crop signup.   (pdf, 310 kb)

For more information, visit, or contact the NRCS office at the USDA Service Center serving your county.


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