Cover Crop Regional Conservation Partnership Program

Missouri Department of Agriculture


Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Indigenous Group Government Entity College / University Nonprofit Working Professional

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Missouri

Location of residency: Missouri

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Overview:

Cover Crop Regional Conservation Partnership Program

The Missouri Department of Agriculturess approved Regional Conservation Partnership Program through USDA titled; "Cover Crops for Soil Health and Water Quality" award was announced in March of 2016. The project’s goal is to improve the adoption and utilization of cover crops by Missouri landowners to improve the production capacity of soils that are classified as highly erodible or have organic matter content less than two percent on 20,000 acres annually. The program will provide eligible landowners cost-share up to $40 per acre to plant cover crops. The "Cover Crops for Soil Health and Water Quality" RCPP project is a five year cost-share program available statewide with annual sign up periods.

Cover Crops

The benefits provided by cover crops are valuable not only for sustaining food production capacity but also for regenerating soil. Many of these benefits are a result of the things cover crops do that we don't see: their roots grow deep, helping soil structure, storing soil carbon and improving overall soil health. These benefits come about partly through keeping green cover on the land for more of the year than would be possible with row crops alone, but also because cover crops add biodiversity to cropping systems. That extra diversity sometimes helps reduce disease in corn and soybean, creates a better balance of fungi and bacteria in the soil, and leads to more earthworms aiding porosity and rainfall infiltration. Because of all the benefits cover crops can provide, they are unlike almost any other crop input; although not a cure-all, they definitely increase the health of cropping systems. For maximum soil health benefits, consider combining cover crops with no-till or strip-till diversified crop rotations and possibly grazing the covers with livestock where feasible.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • Missouri landowners interested in participating in the program should contact their local USDA NRCS Service Center.