Cover Crops and Soil Health

Planting cover crops is linked to an array of improvements on agricultural land such as reducing erosion, controlling weeds, increasing soil productivity, and providing on-farm habitat. We play a critical roll in increasing cover cropped acreage and helping farmers, farmland, and the communities that surround them benefit form these practices.

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Resources for Farmers

County Soil and Water Conservation Districts

Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) are fantastic resources for farmers looking to implement conservation practices. They provide education information, conservation incentive programs, equipment rentals, lists of service providers, maps, and much, much more. Click the links above to learn about your county SWCD’s conservation and cover crop resources, and feel free to reach out to an agent with any questions!

The Minnesota Soil Health Coalition (MSHC) provides information and resources to farmers looking to improve soil health practices, including cover cropping, across Minnesota. They seek to build a comprehensive network of soil health professionals and link practitioners to education, mentors, technical information, and media.

The primary goal of the Midwest Cover Crop Council (MCCC) is to increase the total acres growing cover crops across the Upper Midwest. To accomplish this, they provide cover crop guides and resources to farmers, educate people on the importance of continual living cover, provide funding for relevant research, and build a strong communication network between farmers, scientists, industry, and the public,