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Illinois Cover Crop Initiative

Cover crops are a critical piece of soil health systems and provide a plethora of benefits to fields and farms. Continue reading below for available programs and other cover crop resources.

Programs Available

AFT is partnered with ADM to provide outreach and technical assistance for the ADM re:generations program. Our program staff is available to answer questions you may have about the program as well as provide agronomic consultations for implementing cover crops on your farm.

2023 Program Enrollment is Now Open!
  1. Cover Crop Incentive. Available to any Illinois farmer planting cover crops this fall.  Payments range from $10/ac to $25/ac.   
  2. Cover Crops + Emissions Scoring.  Per bushel incentives available to ADM customers delivering corn or soybeans to one of the following elevators: Decatur, Curran, Hume, Macon, Mt. Auburn, Niantic, Oakland, Patoka (soy only), Sullivan, Taylorville, Tuscola, and Weldon (soy only). 
  3. Living Roots (Wheat). This program is available for farmers producing wheat followed by double-crop soybeans.  Incentive payment of $3/ac.
  4. ISCC Soybean Export Program. Soybeans to the following river terminals: (IL) Creve Cour, Havana, Hennepin, Lacon, Morris, Ottawa, Quincy, Sauget, Spring Valley; (IA) Burlington, Clinton; (MO) St. Louis; (IN) Evansville, Mount Vernon, Newburgh, Rockport; (KY)Henderson.    

Farmers enrolling in ADM’s re:generations program are required to create an account with Farmers Business NetworkIf you already have an FBN account you can get started on your agreement right awaySign up for Cover Crop Incentive. Sign up for Cover Crops + Emissions ScoringSign up for Wheat Program.    

Not sure which program is right for youSchedule a consultation with Torey Colburn, AFT’s Conservation Agronomist. Click here to schedule a call with Torey, or email Torey at 

Program Partners

Have more questions or want to collaborate? Contact our staff:

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