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Conservation Compliance Agricultural Commodity List

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If you grow agricultural commodity crops and you have Highly Erodible Land (HEL) or wetlands, you may need to meet the Highly Erodible Land Conservation (HELC) or Wetland Conservation (WC) provisions of the Food Security Act of 1985, as amended. Agricultural commodities include any crop planted and produced by annual tilling of the soil, including one-trip planters, or sugarcane.

Annual crops are generally considered agricultural commodities. The list below assists USDA participants in determining if their farming operation is subject to the HELC/WC provisions

Disclaimer: It should be noted that this list is not comprehensive. USDA program participants should contact their local USDA Service Center's Natural Resources Conservation Service for determinations specific to their cultural practices or for plants not listed here. Where plants are listed as locally determined they may be treated as annual or perennial based on their use in a local production system. Please check with your USDA Service Center's Natural Resources Conservation Service for the determination specific to your agriculture operation.

 

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Annual or Perennial Crops

Crop Name

Annual or Perennial

Acerola

Perennial

Alfalfa

Locally Determined

Almond

Perennial

Aloe Vera

Perennial

Amaranth Grain

Annual

Ambrosia

Annual

Annual Forage

Annual

Annual Ryegrass

Annual

Apple

Perennial

Apricots

Perennial

Aronia (Chokeberry)

Perennial

Artichokes

Perennial

Asparagus

Perennial

Atemoya

Perennial

Avocado

Perennial

Bamboo Shoots

Perennial

Bananas

Perennial

Barley

Annual

Beans

Annual

Beets

Annual

Blueberry

Perennial

Breadfruit

Perennial

Broccoflower

Annual

Broccoli

Annual

Broccolo-Cavalo

Annual

Brussel Sprouts

Annual

Buckwheat

Annual

Cabbage

Annual

Caimito

Perennial

Callaloo

Locally Determined

Camelina

Annual

Canary Melon

Annual

Canary Seed

Annual

Caneberries

Perennial

Canola

Annual

Carambola (Star Fruit)

Perennial

Carrots

Annual

Casaba Melon

Annual

Cashew

Perennial

Cassava

Annual

Castor Bean

Perennial

Cauliflower

Annual

Celeriac

Annual

Celery

Locally Determined

Chard

Annual

Cherimoya

Perennial

Cherry

Perennial

Chestnuts

Perennial

Chia

Annual

Chickpeas

Annual

Chicory/Radicchio

Perennial

Chile Peppers

Annual

Christmas Trees

Perennial

Chufa

Annual

Citron Melon

Annual

Citrus

Perennial

Clover

Locally Determined

Coconuts

Perennial

Coffee

Perennial

Collards

Annual

Corn

Annual

Cotton

Annual

Crambe

Annual

Cranberry

Perennial

Cucumber

Annual

Cultivated Wild Rice

Annual

Currants

Perennial

Dasheen

Annual

Dates

Perennial

Dill

Annual

Dry Beans

Annual

Dry Peas

Annual

Eggplant

Annual

Einkorn

Annual

Elderberries

Perennial

Emmer

Annual

Fig

Perennial

Flax

Annual

Flowers

Annual

Forage Seeding

Annual

Crop Name

Annual or Perennial

Forage Soybean/Sorghum

Annual

Fresh Market Beans

Annual

Fresh Market Sweet Corn

Annual

Fresh Market Tomatoes

Annual

Gailon

Annual

Grain Sorghum

Annual

Grape and Table Grape

Perennial

Grapes

Perennial

Grass

Locally Determined

Green Peas

Annual

Greens

Annual

Guamabana/Soursop

Perennial

Guar

Annual

Guava

Perennial

Garlic

Annual

Genip

Perennial

Ginger

Annual

Ginseng

Perennial

Gooseberries

Perennial

Gourds

Annual

Guayule

Perennial

Hawaii Tropical Fruit (Not otherwise listed)

Locally Determined

Hazel Nuts

Perennial

Herbs

Locally Determined

Hesperaloe

Perennial

Hops

Perennial

Horseradish

Locally Determined

Huckleberries

Perennial

Hybrid Corn Seed

Annual

Hybrid Sorghum Seed

Annual

Indigo

Perennial

Jack Fruit

Perennial

Jerusalem Artichokes

Annual

Jojoba

Perennial

Jujube

Perennial

Juneberries

Perennial

Kale

Annual

Kamut

Annual

Kenaf

Annual

Kiwifruit

Perennial

Kochia (Prostrata)

Perennial

Kohlrabi

Annual

Leeks

Annual

Lemons

Perennial

Lentils

Annual

Lespedeza

Perennial

Lettuce

Annual

Lima Beans

Annual

Longan

Perennial

Lychee

Perennial

Macadamia

Perennial

Mango

Perennial

Mangosteen

Perennial

Maple Sap

Perennial

Mayhaw Berries

Perennial

Meadowfoam

Annual

Melons

Annual

Milkweed

Perennial

Millet

Annual

Mint

Perennial

Mulberries

Perennial

Mushrooms

Annual

Mustard

Annual

Nectarines

Perennial

Nursery crops (Field grown)

Locally Determined

Nut Trees

Perennial

Oats

Annual

Okra

Annual

Olive

Perennial

Onion

Annual

Papaya

Perennial

Parsnip

Annual

Passion Fruit

Perennial

Pea

Annual

Peach

Perennial

Peanuts

Annual

Pear

Perennial

Crop Name

Annual or Perennial

Peas

Annual

Pecan

Perennial

Pejibaye (Heart Of Palm)

Perennial

Pennycress

Annual

Peppers

Annual

Perennial Peanuts

Perennial

Perique Tobacco

Annual

Persimmon

Perennial

Pineapple

Considered Annual

Pistachio

Perennial

Plantain

Perennial

Plum

Perennial

Plumcots

Perennial

Pomegranate

Perennial

Popcorn

Annual

Potatoes

Annual

Processing Beans

Annual

Prune

Perennial

Pummelo

Perennial

Pumpkins

Annual

Quinces

Perennial

Quinoa

Annual

Radishes

Annual

Raisin

Perennial

Rambutan

Perennial

Rapeseed

Annual

Rhubarb

Perennial

Rice

Annual

Rutabaga

Annual

Rye

Annual

Safflower

Annual

Sapodilla

Perennial

Sapote

Perennial

Scallions

Annual

Silage Sorghum

Annual

Sorghum

Annual

Sorghum - Dual Purpose

Annual

Sorghum Forage

Annual

Soybeans

Annual

Speltz

Annual

Spinach

Annual

Squash

Annual

Stonefruit

Perennial

Strawberries

Annual

Sudan grass

Annual

Sugar Beets

Annual

Sugarcane

Considered Annual

Sunflowers

Annual

Sunn Hemp

Annual

Sweet Cherry

Perennial

Sweet Corn

Annual

Sweet Potatoes

Annual

Swiss Chard

Annual

Tangos

Annual

Tannier

Perennial

Taro

Annual

Tea

Perennial

Tobacco - Burley

Annual

Tobacco - Cigar Binder

Annual

Tobacco - Cigar Filler

Annual

Tobacco - Cigar Wrapper

Annual

Tobacco - Dark Air Cured

Annual

Tobacco - Fire Cured

Annual

Tobacco - Flue Cured

Annual

Tobacco - Maryland

Annual

Tobacco Virginia Fire Cured

Annual

Tomatillos

Annual

Tomatoes

Annual

Triticale

Annual

Truffles

Annuals

Turnips

Annual

Vetch

Perennial

Walnut

Perennial

Wampee

Perennial

Water Cress

Perennial

Wax Jamboo Fruit

Perennial

Wheat

Annual

Yam

Annual

Zucchini

Annual

 

 

 

Field Production Horticulture

Field Production Horticulture

Most are perennials, but in a field production setting they are managed as annuals (local determination will be required)

Agapanthus (African Lily)

Annuals

Allium

Annuals

Alstroemeria (Peruvian Lily)

Annuals

Amaryllis (Hippeastrum)

Annuals

Anthurium

Annuals

Brodiaea

Annuals

Butterfly Lilies

Annuals

Caladiums

Annuals

Calochortus

Annuals

Camassias

Annuals

Canna

Annuals

Carnation

Annuals

Chionodoxa

Annuals

Colchicum

Annuals

Crinum

Annuals

Crocsomia (Crocus)

Annuals

Crocsomia (Crocus)

Annuals

Cyclamen

Annuals

Dahlias

Annuals

Field Production Horticulture

Most are perennials, but in a field production setting they are managed as annuals (local determination will be required)

Dendrobium

Annuals

Elephant's Ear

Annuals

Eucharis

Annuals

Freesia

Annuals

Fritillarias

Annuals

Galanthus (Snow Drop)

Annuals

Galtonia

Annuals

Gladioli

Annuals

Gloriosa Lillies

Annuals

Haemanthus

Annuals

Hyacinth

Annuals

Hymenocallis

Annuals

Iris

Annuals

Ixia

Annuals

Lachenalia

Annuals

Leucojum

Annuals

Liatris

Annuals

Lilies (Asiatic, Bugle, Butterfly, Calla, Corn, Easter, Gloriosa, Oriental)

Annuals

Field Production Horticulture

Most are perennials, but in a field production setting they are managed as annuals (local determination will be required)

Milla

Annuals

Montbretia

Annuals

Muscari

Annuals

Narcissus (Daffodils)

Annuals

Ornithogalum

Annuals

Other Orchids

Annuals

Protea

Annuals

Puschkinia

Annuals

Scilla

Annuals

Sparaxis

Annuals

Sprekelia

Annuals

Sternbergia

Annuals

Tigridias

Annuals

Tropicals

Annuals

Tulip

Annuals

Vallota

Annuals

Watsonia

Annuals

Zephyranthes

Annuals