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2014 Farm Bill - Webinar On Compliance for Specialty Crop Producers FAQ

Conservation Compliance FAQs

These questions were collected following the Aug. 21, 2014 webinar on conservation compliance for specialty crop growers, presented by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Farm Service Agency, and Risk Management Agency. To view the slides from the webinar, visit http://www.conservationwebinars.net/webinars/conservation-compliance-for-specialty-crop-producers/ (registration required).

The Risk Management Agency, Farm Service Agency and Natural Resources Conservation Service have been undertaking a continuous process improvement effort on the conservation compliance outreach materials.  We have made some refinements to our products based on public and internal feedback.

The following questions from the August 21, 2014 have been updated to provide additional clarity and to conform with USDA policy:

Question 2:  Do all members of a joint venture have to complete form AD-1026?
Updated Response: The joint venture must complete form AD-1026 if the joint venture has an Employer Identification Number.  In addition, the members of the joint venture that have a separate farming interest must complete form AD-1026.  All members of the joint venture must complete form AD-1026 if the joint venture does not have an Employer Identification Number.

Question 7: Can you elaborate on question 7A on the AD-1026 about leveling, clearing, etc.
Updated Response: Question 7A on form AD-1026 form should be answered "yes" anytime a person is conducting land manipulations (drainage, land leveling, etc.) which may affect a wetland area.

 

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1. Is conservation compliance required for Apiculture, Pasture & Rangeland Forage and/or Livestock crop insurance?

2.Do all members of a joint venture have to complete form AD-1026?

3. If I previously filed form AD-1026 do I need to refile or is my initial filing still valid?

4. If a producer is farming wetland acreage that was converted after 1985 but prior to Feb. 7, 2014, is the producer eligible for premium subsidy?

5. Is grazing land considered an agricultural commodity?

6. Is a no-till crop considered an agriculture commodity?

7. Can you elaborate on question 7A on the AD-1026 about leveling, clearing, etc.

8. Why is the "payment in lieu" only a one-time option?

9. Is crop insurance available for purchase on non ag commodity crops such as blueberries or vineyards?

10: There are approximately 38 different crop insurance products available for specialty crops. How many policies (or farms) are covered under these products?

11. Can you discuss “affiliated party/related party” more? How does it apply if someone is a contract grower for a large shipper? Would the shipper be affiliated?

12. I missed the portion about cover crops in orchards. Will cover crops have to meet wetland conservation provisions?

13. If someone drains a wetland in a vineyard after Feb. 7, 2014 and then rips out those grape vines to start growing an annual crop to get crop insurance, they are in violation?

14. What happens to a producer who files form AD-1026 after June 1, 2015?

15. In regard to paying 150 times the mitigation amount of a wetland - how is that dollar figure calculated?

16. If the wetland was converted before Feb. 7, 2014, and the producer plants corn in 2015 is there a problem?

17. If someone is listed as a SBI of an entity for crop insurance purposes, aren’t they automatically to be considered as affiliated? The definition of affiliated persons doesn’t seem to match the explanation given on the webinar.

18. Are premium subsidies available for non ag commodities?

19. Should producers be filing form AD-1026 for wildlife food plots?

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