Wayne County Farm Bureau offering cover crop
seed grants to farmers
May 15, 2017
Wayne County Farm Bureau - Fairfield, IL
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One of the priorities of the Wayne County Farm Bureau is to help farmers meet the goals of the Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy. That plan calls for a reduction in phosphorus loss by 25% and nitrate loss of 15% by the year 2025. The eventual target is a nutrient load reduction of 45%.
The strategy doesn’t ask farmers to reduce the fertilizer they use, but rather adopt methods to keep the fertilizer in the field where it belongs. Use of cover crops during the winter months is one strategy to prevent soil and phosphorus runoff from our fields.
To encourage farmers in Wayne County to use cover crops in their fields, the Wayne County Farm Bureau is offering ten, $250 vouchers toward the purchase of cover crop seed. The voucher is good at any farm supply retailer in Wayne County. Only one voucher is available per farmer; the voucher covers seed cost only (no application).
The field must be located in Wayne County, and be a minimum of 40 acres. The applicant must be a member of the Wayne County Farm Bureau, and not used cover crops previously on the field they are applying for. Vouchers will be awarded on a first come basis.