USA: IDOA offers pre-enrollment for cover crop sign-up
Innovation & Technology
Published Dec 4, 2023
The Illinois Department of Agriculture is allowing farmers to pre-enroll in its cover crop insurance discount program before the official enrollment opens on December 15. The program offers a $5 rebate on federal crop insurance for acres with cover crops, and in 2023, 42,000 acres were not funded due to limited availability on a first-come, first-served basis. The program has expanded from 50,000 acres in 2019 to 140,000 acres in 2022 and 2023, with an additional 40,000 acres added in 2023 through Illinois' participation in the U.S. Gulf Hypoxia Task Force.
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The Illinois Department of Agriculture has good news if you’re planning to sign up for its cover crop insurance discount program this month: You can start early. Enrollment for the Fall Covers for Spring Savings cover crop incentive program opens at 8 a.m. Dec. 15, but new this year is the opportunity to enter and validate your information prior to that launch. The “pre-enrollment period” begins at 8 a.m. Dec. 4, when you can enter your information into the application and have it validated — meaning everything will be ready to roll Dec. 15. You save and edit the information at any time prior to submission, according to IDOA. This program offers a $5 rebate on federal crop insurance for acres with cover crops, and historically has offered limited acres that were entirely signed up for within hours, with many farmers waiting at their computer for the sign-up period to open. In 2024, a total of 140,000 acres are available, which is the same amount offered in 2023. That acreage ...