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Farmers eligible for cover crop seed grant
June 20, 2017


    One of the priorities of the White County Farm Bureau is to help farmers meet the goals of the Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy. That plan calls for a reduction in phosphorus loss by 25% and nitrate loss of 15% by the year 2025. The eventual target is a nutrient load reduction of 45%.  
    The strategy doesn’t ask farmers to reduce the fertilizer they use, but rather adopt methods to keep the fertilizer in the field where it belongs. Use of cover crops during the winter months is one strategy to prevent soil and phosphorus runoff from our fields.  
    To encourage farmers in White County to use cover crops in their fields, the White County Farm Bureau is offering ten, $200 vouchers toward the purchase of cover crop seed. The voucher is good at any farm supply retailer in White County. Only one voucher is available per farmer; the voucher covers seed cost only (no application).  
    The field must be located in White County, and be a minimum of 40 acres. The applicant must be a member of the White County Farm Bureau, and not used cover crops previously on the field. Vouchers will be awarded on a first come basis.  
    The application is available here