Farmers Urged to Participate in Cover Crop Survey
April 8, 2016
MFAI has long recognized the value of cover crops, which help keep farms resilient and profitable through periods of extreme weather and protect soil and water quality. For over 20 years, we have collaborated on cover crops research and outreach, and we know how important it is to understand how cover crops actually work on farms, why farmers do or don’t plant them, and what policies make it harder.
So we urge farmers, regardless of whether they have or have not planted cover crops, to fill out a brief national survey on cover crops, conducted until May 1, 2016 by a partnership that includes the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program. Chad Watts directs the Indiana group that administers the survey, Conservation Technology Information Center and notes that this survey’s results “help guide policy, research and education on cover crops.” Survey respondents can enter into a drawing for a $100 gift certificate.