Cover Crop Incentive Program

About the Program

Partnership for Ag Resource Management (PARM) has developed an incentive program for ag retailers to accelerate customer adoption of cover crops in priority watersheds. Ag retailers in the Blue Earth River Watershed (MN, IA) and Yahara River Watershed (WI) are eligible and can offer customers $15/acre for up to 80 acres, to cover the cost of purchasing cover crop seed. This program is set up for two years (2019 & 2020) and only applies to growers who are new cover crop users or existing users implementing new acres. Funds for this program are available on a first come, first serve basis. Funding for this program has been provided by the McKnight Foundation.  

Grower Eligibility

  • Maximum of 80 acres.
  • New to using cover crops or implementing cover crops on new fields (without cover crop history).
  • The applied acres cannot be contracted in any other reimbursement programs such as EQIP, SWCD, Stine/Peoples Company, Practical Farmers or others.

Retailer Requirements

  • Ag retailer enrollment form.
  • Grower enrollment form.
    • To ensure field and funding eligibility a grower enrollment form must be submitted no later than September 1st, 2019.
  • Consult document.
  • Following a grower’s enrollment and consultation form must be submitted no later than December 1st, 2019. 

Seed Dealer/Retailer Additional Requirements

  • Seed Dealer/retailer enrollment form.
  • Reimbursement spreadsheet.
    • A lump payment will be sent to the seed dealer within 30 days of receiving your monthly reimbursement request.

All participating retailers, seed dealers and growers are expected to participate in a short online survey each year to assist PARM in improving the program for the next growing season.

Ag Retailers click here to enroll and seed dealers click here to enroll! 

You will receive a confirmation email when your application has been accepted for this program.

Caitlin Leahy 
(608) 232-1425 x 1021

Seed Dealer Enrollment Form

Ag Retailer Enrollment Form

Customer acres must be within the Blue Earth River or Yahara River Watersheds shown below:


Share Button