Environmental stewardship techniques are slowly becoming more and more prevalent in rural Iowa. One of these techniques is through the use and planting of cover crops. The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) has a program to offer a crop insurance premium reduction and help encourage farmers to consider planting more cover crops.
Iowa Agriculture Secretary Mike Naig talks about the program. IDALS is working with the United States Department of Agriculture?s Risk Management Agency (RMA) to incentivize the planting more cover crops.
Secretary Naig says the program has increased the interest in cover crop plantings. It is also a project which is being noticed by other states.
Naig says the process of application is very streamlined and simple.
Any cover crop acres not covered in the Iowa cost-sharing program are eligible to be enrolled. You can find out more information or enroll here.