Cover Crop Incentive Program

The Centre County Conservation District is excited to announce a new Cover Crop Incentive Program for the 2022-2023 crop year. Farmers who plant a winter cover crop are eligible for the program. 

  • Farms using minimum tillage will be paid $20.00 per acres
  • Farms using no-till will be paid $30.00 per acre
  • Farms using no-till with a multi-species cover crop (at least 3, with 15% broadleaf species) will be paid $40.00 per acre
    • Examples of cover crop mixes:
      • Small grains-wheat, rye, barley, triticale, and spelt
      • Broadleaf species- radish, clover, vetch, field peas, and canola

As there is limited funding available, the amount of acreage cost shared for each farm will be dependent upon overall interest in the program. A percentage of the total acres will be funded for each farm if interest exceeds funding capabilities. Farmers may apply for up to 200 acres per operation/farm.

Cover crops will be verified in the Spring of 2023 and participating farms will be inspected by the Centre County Conservation District for compliance with the Chapter 91 Manure Management Plan and Chapter 102 Agricultural Erosion and Sediment Control Plan. 

The deadline to apply for the Centre County Conservation District Cover Crop Incentive Program is December 2nd, 2022

Download a fillable application here!

Questions can be directed to Devyn McPheeters at 814-355-6817 or ddmcpheeters@centrecoutypa.gov. Applications can be emailed or sent to our office at 414 Holmes Street, Suite 4 Bellefonte, PA 16823.