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The application period for the cover crop program 2022 is open

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SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Department of Agriculture has opened the third year of the Fall Covers for Spring Savings Program. Applications will be available at

The areas in question are financed according to the “first come, first served” principle.

Due to the success of the program, 100,000 acres are available for 2022, up from 50,000 in the previous growing season. In 2020, the allocation of 50,000 hectares was fulfilled in 12 hours and a total of 185,000 hectares had been requested by the end of the application period.

The program applies to acreage in Illinois that will be grown as catch crops in the fall of 2021 and grown for an insurable crop in 2022. Eligible applicants will receive a premium discount of $ 5 per hectare on the following year’s crop insurance for each hectare of catch crop enrolled and verified in the program.

Applicants must certify that their catch crops have been approved by their local Farm Service Agency office prior to submitting an application. Applicants also need their current FSA-578 and federal crop insurance number (s) for the 2022 application process.

The rebate program is designed to encourage additional acres of cover crops not covered by other state or federal incentives. IDOA will use a combination of tools to verify that the hectares applied for under this program are being grown as catch crops. The program is only available to those insured through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Crop Insurance Program (USDA-RMA). Confirmed claims will be forwarded to the USDA-RMA for processing and application for premium discounts on 2022 crop insurance bills.

Applications are open until January 15, 2022 on the Illinois Department of Agriculture website. For more information, please contact IDOA at (217) 782-6297.

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