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Pandemic Cover Crop Program (PCCP)

Farm Service Agency

Closed May 31, 2022


About

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.

Cultivating cover crops requires a sustained, long-term investment, and the economic challenges of the pandemic make it financially challenging for many producers to maintain cover crop systems. PCCP helps ensure producers can continue this important conservation practice

PCCP is part of USDA’s Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative, a bundle of programs to bring financial assistance to farmers, ranchers, and producers who are feeling the impact of COVID-19 market disruptions.


Eligibility

PCCP is available for most insurance policies, including Whole Farm Revenue Protection beginning in 2022.

There are a few exceptions related to policies that already provide the benefit through underlying coverage.

PCCP is not available for: 

  • Post-Application Coverage Endorsement (PACE)

  • Enhanced Coverage Option (ECO)

  • Hurricane Insurance Protection – Wind Index (HIP-WI)

  • Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO)

  • Stacked Income Protection (STAX) (if an underlying policy)

  • Margin Protection (MP) (if an underling policy)

Qualifying cover crops include all that are reportable to FSA, including cereals and other grasses, legumes, brassicas and other non-legume broadleaves, and mixtures of two or more cover crop species planted at the same time. A full list of qualifying cover crops is available in FSA Handbook 2-CP.


Terms

PCCP provides premium support to producers who insured their crop with most insurance policies and planted a qualifying cover crop during the 2022 crop year. The premium support is $5 per acre, but no more than the full premium owed.

Illinois, Indiana, and Iowa have existing programs for producers to receive a premium benefit for planting cover crops. Producers who participate in one of these programs can receive an additional benefit through PCCP.

Also, PCCP does not change acreage reporting dates, reporting requirements, or any other terms of the crop insurance policy.


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Details

Release Date

February 1, 2022

Deadline

May 31, 2022

Organization

Farm Service Agency (FSA)

Financial Instrument

Insurance

Image Credit

Kseniia Rastvorova


Updated May 21, 2022

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