The Cumberland County Conservation District’s Cover Crop Incentive Program offers incentive payments to farmers who plant cover crops. The program started in 2006 and had 81 farmers participating last year with 7,476 acres of no-till and 1,649 acres of minimum till with a wheat, rye, barley, or triticale cover crop.
Cover Crop Benefits
Cover crops improve soil health, control weeds and pests, and protect local streams from sediment and nutrient runoff over winter.
Must be no-till or minimum till
Cover crop must be over winter
May be single or multi-species
Farms will be will be inspected for compliance of Ch. 91 and Ch. 102
May be terminated or harvested after April 1, 2024
How to Apply
Deadline to apply is December 1, 2023
Farmers interested in applying or more information, please contact one of our Chesapeake Bay Technicians.