Farmers encouraged to apply now for Sussex Co. cover crop cost share program

June 7, 2023

GEORGETOWN, Del .– Applications for Sussex Conservation District (SCD) cover crop cost share program will be accepted beginning Monday, June 12 through Friday, July 28. This program provides farmers with up to $75,000 in cost share assistance to offset costs associated with planting cover crops.

“Our producers report a significant reduction in input costs after implementing cover crops because they are an effective way to improve soil health,” said Debbie Absher, director of agricultural conservation at SCD. “They also recycle nutrients, build organic matter, provide weed suppression and improve water quality. I encourage all farmers to learn more about our programs and services.”

The current cost share rate for cover crops planted by Sunday, Oct. 1 is $60 per acre and $50 for those planted by Wednesday, Nov. 15. Fields must be located in Sussex County, Del. Early establishment is encouraged to take advantage of increased funding rates.

For more information or to apply, call 302-856-3990, ext. 3, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the agricultural conservation page.