Note: Applications closed January 31, 2023.
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The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) has partnered with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) to establish crop insurance rebates for planting cover crops. Interested participants may enroll acres planted to cover crops in the fall of 2022 which will be planted to an insurable crop in the following growing season. Eligible applicants will receive a $5 per acre insurance rebate on the following year's crop insurance invoice for every acre of cover crop enrolled and verified in the program. The program is offered for acres of cover crops installed outside of state and federal program incentives (e.g., EQIP, CSP and state cost share). Applications will open December 5th, and are due to DATCP by January 31, 2023 and must be completed in full for eligibility. Funding will be provided through USDA-RMA as an insurance rebate through the normal crop insurance processes.
A sample application can be found here. The official online application will be available at 12:00p.m. on Monday, December 5, 2022.