Cover Crop

Crop Insurance Demonstration project


Crop insurance in an integral part of the farm safety net that provides protection for farmers after bad weather impacts their crops. Cover crops can help prevent erosion and improve water quality and soil health; among other benefits.

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) and partners worked with the USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA) to establish a 3 year demonstration project aimed at expanding usage of cover crops in Iowa. 

Through this project IDALS will provide $5/acre for cover crops to eligible applicants. Funding will be provided through RMA as an additional insurance premium discount through normal crop insurance processes. The new premium reduction will be available for fall-planted cover crops with a spring-planted cash crop. Some policies may be excluded, such as Whole-Farm Revenue Protection or those covered through written agreements. Participating farmers must follow all existing good farming practices required by their policy and work with their insurance agent to maintain eligibility.

It is anticipated that sign up will be available in October 2018, but interested participants can get more background on the program on this page to help plan their cover crop seeding this fall. Farmers are encouraged to wait to apply until their cover crop seeding has been completed. Applications will be taken until January 15, 2019. Please note that cover crop acres currently enrolled in state and/or federal programs are not eligible for this program. For inquiries please see the Program Rules, FAQs or use the Contact IDALS button below.

Sign up for 2018 will begin soon, but is currently closed.