AN ACT TO PRESERVE FARMLAND AND WATER QUALITY BY ENACTING A CROP INSURANCE PAYMENT SUBSIDY PROGRAM FOR FARMERS WHO ESTABLISH COVER CROPS.
Appropriates $1.75 million in recurring funds from the General Fund to the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to establish and fund a program in the Division of Soil and Water Conservation to provide a subsidy of $5/acre to crop insurance premiums for farmers planting cover crops. Limits fund to farmers where the establishment of the cover crop complies with best practices and the acerage enrolled in the program is not part of any other federal conservation program. Requires the Department to consult with a working group of farmers, agricultural organizations, and conservation organizations in implementing the subsidy. Effective July 1, 2022.
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