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Extreme weather conditions like the ongoing exorbitant rains and tornados have negatively affected Ohio farmers. The U.S. Branch of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service will contribute $4 million to help Ohio agricultural makers recoup. Technical and financial assistance is presently accessible to makers who were not able plant their crops, or who have encountered crop misfortune because of flooded or wet fields. This sign-up is an opportunity for farmers to plant a cover crop.

“NRCS can be a valuable partner to help Ohio landowners with their agricultural recovery effort,” said State Conservationist Terry Cosby for NRCS in Ohio. “This special sign-up encourages farmers to plant cover crops to improve water quality and soil health, prevent soil erosion, and suppress weeds on areas not planted to crops.”

NRCS will use the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for this special disaster recovery sign-up. EQIP is a voluntary conservation program that enables agricultural makers to secure the environment while advancing agricultural production.

Cover crops give an option in contrast to fields going fallow and staying revealed. Cover crops additionally improve soil vitality by including nutrients and organic matter. Numerous fields that are saturated for an extensive stretch of time face lost soil organisms. Cover crop roots reestablish soil health and make pathways for air and water to move through the soil, which is key to restoring it.

There are significant changes with cover crops and everyone want makers to be successful in their 2020 planting year. Educational cover crop workshops and field days are promptly accessible all through Ohio to find out additional.

Landowners should organize with other USDA farm agencies when taking an interest in related programs. It is a maker’s duty to work straightforwardly with their insurance agent and RMA to guarantee they comprehend their policy.

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