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Field Notes

NRCS Programs Available Now for Perennial Grains – Enhancement E3280

The E3280 Perennial Grain enhancement is available to new Kernza producers through EQIP and CSP programs. The enhancement provides a scenario/practice payment to the producer for the time needed to plan and implement changes to crop rotations that effectively add a perennial grain to their cropping system.

The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) and EQIP program pay for practice adoption at different rates: The CSP enhancement pays 100% of the NRCS estimated cost for adopting new practices, while the cost-share rate for EQIP is typically 75% of the NRCS estimated cost for adopting new practices.

The time to apply is now! Please see the attached resources for state-specific deadlines.

Current Kernza producers are not eligible for this program; therefore, if you are considering planting Kernza in the fall, please apply this spring! 

Application Timeline

CSP & EQIP Program Deadlines

USDA Example Scenarios for Minnesota & Michigan