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The Alliance is working with government and agribusiness to reduce costs incurred during establishment of novel endophytes.

One role of the Alliance is to assist producers in qualifying for incentives. These incentives are to defray the cost of converting toxic Kentucky 31 to pastures that contain a novel endophyte. The cost of conversion is high, ranging from $185 to $200. The goal of the Alliance is to make sure such conversions are affordable in the short term.

To date, the only incentives available are through the EQIP program within NRCS. The Alliance is trying to line up other sources of government assistance for the coming years. Additional cost cuts may come from individual companies, should they offer discounts and rebates.