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Illinois Cover Crop Initiative

The Illinois Cover Crop Initiative is a new program available for Illinois farmers who intend to plant cover crops following their 2022 cash crop. Farmers can receive $10 per acre for cover crops planted by December 1, 2022, even if they have planted cover crops before! We are quickly approaching our 75,000-acre goal. We encourage you to fill out the inquiry form, but please know that you may be added to a waitlist once all acres are taken.

Sign Up by August 31, 2022

Applications are processed on a first come first serve basis.


Sign Up by Mail (Click here to download the form)

Send printed forms to: Madison County SWCD, C/O Sarah Blount, AFT, 7205 Marine Road, Edwardsville, IL 62025 or scan and email completed forms to

Program Information

  • Technical assistance available to anyone interested in cover crops, regardless of program participation
  • $10/ac farmer payment for planting cover crops
  • Must be planted by Dec 1, 2022
  • Choose from 1, 2, 3, or 4-year contracts
  • Do NOT need to be new cover crop acres
  • 75,000-acre goal for the state of Illinois
  • Cannot be in another privately funded program
  • Payments may stack with cost-share programs
  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis – first come, first served
  • Carbon assets generated from participation in this program are being claimed by ADM
  • You may be placed on a waitlist as we near our 75,000-acre goal

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