The East Otter Tail and Wadena Soil and Water Conservation District Boards received a $227,000 Cover Crop Demonstration Grant from the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources, according to a news release.

As one out of five recipients for the grant, the boards will increase cover crops in targeted areas of East Otter Tail and Wadena counties, according to a SWCD news release.

The selected producers will receive payments to establish specialty cover crops such as edible beans and potatoes on a maximum of 80 acres for three years. Additional opportunities for livestock producers and traditional corn and soybean growers will be considered.

Three cover crop demo sites will host annual farmer field days to discuss cover crop topics. There will also be informal winter meetings to share successful farming tips.

For more information on the project, contact the East Otter Tail SWCD at 218-346-9105 or the Wadena SWCD at 218-632-4201.