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Illinois Cover Crop Premium Discount Program

Illinois Department of Agriculture


Farmer’s using cover crops will be eligible for a $5/acre discount for acres planted to cover crops in the fall of 2020 that will be planted to an insurable crop in 2021. This program will help farmers meet the goals of the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy by making progress to reduce the amount of phosphorus by 25% and nitrogen by 15% in Illinois waterways by 2025.



This program is offered for acres of cover crops installed outside of state and federal program incentives (e.g., EQIP, CSP and state cost share), and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis on 50,000 acres across Illinois. This year applicants will be required to certify their cover crops through their local FSA office before applying. Applicants will also need their current FSA-578 and federal crop insurance policy number(s) for the 2021 application process.

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Release Date

December 15, 2020


Illinois Department of Agriculture (ILDoA)

Financial Instrument


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Updated April 2, 2021

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