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Cost Share Programs - Agricultural Cost Share Program (ACSP)


Cover Crop

Summary of changes

  • Changes from incentive practices to regular BMP (Removed contract and payment limits)
  • Planting specifications based on NRCS Cover Crop Specifications Development Tables
  • May be contracted as a single annual practice or for up to three consecutive years
  • Payments must now be made AFTER the cover crop has met its intended purpose
  • Residue and Tillage Management may be contracted on the same acres
  • Cost share rate is 75% or 90% of $50/acre


A crop of grasses, legumes, small grain, or brassicas grown primarily for seasonal vegetative protection, erosion control and soil improvement. Cover crops are typically grown for one year or less.

Maintenance Period 1 year
BMP Units Acres
Required Effects
  • Soil saved
  • Nitrogen saved
  • Phosphorus saved - (if erosion is present)
  • Acres affected - (planted acres)
JAA/NRCS Standards
  • ECS - 340 - Cover Crop
  • ECS - 328 - Conservation Crop Rotation
Cost Information
  • Average cost (75% or 90%)
CS2 Reference Materials
  • NC-ACSP 11 Signature Page
  • Map with BMP location, fields and roads
Additional Spot-check Requirements None

ACSP Policy Summary

Design Standards

Job Sheets


NCDA&CS Division of Soil & Water Conservation, Vernon Cox, Director
Mailing Address: 1614 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1614
Physical Address: 216 West Jones Street, Raleigh North Carolina 27603
Phone: 919.707.3770

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