SARE Sets Webinar on USDA Cover Crop Termination Policy

Jan. 23 program probes uniformity effort in changes.

Published on: Dec 26, 2013

The National Center for Appropriate Technology and the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition will host a webinar Jan.  23    to discuss USDA's efforts to assure greater uniformity and clarity in policy related to farmers growing cover crops.

The webinar workshop, also sponsored by the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education, will address when and how cover crops can be terminated without  jeopardizing crop insurance coverage of the cash crops grown with them.

The new USDA policy grew from concern that farmers planting cover crops could lose their eligibility for crop insurance of the following planting. The new policy addresses this worry,               using a science-based cover crop management guidelines accepted across all USDA agencies.

Cover crops will be probed in a special webinar explaining USDA changes in termination policies.
Cover crops will be probed in a special webinar explaining USDA changes in termination policies.

The webinar will feature speakers from the USDA task force that crafted the new cover crop termination policy, and there will be time for farmers to address participants on how the policy will work on the ground.

Speakers include the following:

  • Rob Meyers, regional director of USDA Extension Programs for North Central SARE program:
  • Tim Hoffman, USDA Product Administration and Standards Division director.
  • Norm Widman, USDA national agronomist.
  • Jeff Schahezenski, National Center for Appropriate Technology policy and development director.

The webinar will be accessible by visiting  between 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. EST.

The first half hour will consist of presentations of the four panelists, with the remaining time allocated for a question and answer session.

The webinar is geared primarily toward providing answers to questions growers may have, but participation is open to everyone, including crop advisors, insurance agents and others.

A copy of the cover crop policy can be found at this link on the above website: Cover Crop Termination  Policy.

Another seminar is set for March 24-28 on large scale composting, with training including a certificate for those attending all of the four-day program.

For more details, contact SARE on the internet.