Crop insurance and cover crops have successfully coexisted for decades, as evidenced by the rapid growth in the use of this agronomic practice. Crop insurance recognizes the use of cover crops for erosion control, conservation, and soil improvement.
What is a cover crop?
A cover crop is a crop generally recognized by agricultural experts as agronomically sound for the area for erosion control or other purposes related to conservation or soil improvement.
Pandemic Cover Crop Program
Agricultural producers who have coverage under most crop insurance policies are eligible for a premium benefit from USDA if they planted cover crops during this crop year. The Pandemic Cover Crop Program (PCCP), offered by USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA), reduces producers’ overall premium bills and helps them maintain their cover crop systems. To receive the benefit, producers must file a Report of Acreage form (FSA-578) by June 15, 2021. Learn more on farmers.gov.
- NRCS Cover Crop Termination Guidelines
- NRCS Guidelines Version 4. For crops with a contract change date of June 30, 2019, or later, starting with the 2020 crop year.
- NRCS Guidelines Version 3. For crops with a contract change date from September 30, 2014 to June 29, 2019.
- NRCS Guidelines Version 2. For crops with a contract change date from December 31, 2013 to September 29, 2014.
- NRCS Guidelines Version 1. For crops with a contract change date from June 30, 2013 to December 30, 2013.
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