U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to address climate change by paying farmers to plant cover crops in the off-season.
The United States is looking to double the cover crop planting to 30 million acres by 2030 as part of a new Department of Agriculture (USDA) conservation program.
To meet this goal, the Natural Conservation Service (NRCS) is ready to spend $38 million to help farmers in 11 states plant crops at a time fields are usually left fallow.
Planting cover crops at this time improves soil health, limits soil erosion, and traps and stores carbon.
Reuters reports that this investment is the latest effort in the agriculture department by the Biden administration to address climate change.
Crop cover planting has rapidly increased in recent years, as many agricultural companies launched carbon farming programs that pay farmers to adopt more sustainable farming practices.
The incentives will be available to farmers and ranchers in Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Mississippi, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and South Dakota.
The good news is that USDA aims to expand the list of states in the coming years.
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