Fall Covers for Spring Savings: Cover Crop Premium Discount Program by Illinois Dept. of Ag
Topic: Soil Health
Cover crops are a tremendously important practice for improving soil health and reducing nitrogen and phosphorus pollution to waterways. Illinois has taken an important step toward meeting its nutrient loss reduction goals by funding the Fall Covers for Spring Savings Program in the Illinois budget.
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