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2014 Farm Bill - Conservation Compliance Changes

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The 2014 Farm Bill re-established the applicability of the Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation provisions to crop insurance subsidies, but the Farm Bill did not change in how these were implemented in conservation programs.

Highly Erodible Land Conservation (HELC) and Wetland Conservation (WC) provisions aim to reduce soil loss on erosion-prone lands and to protect wetlands for the multiple benefits they provide. HELC and WC provisions apply to all land that is considered highly erodible or a wetland, and that is owned or farmed by persons voluntarily participating in USDA programs, unless USDA determines an exemption applies.

Producers and any affiliated individuals or entities who participate in most programs administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA), the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and the Risk Management Agency (RMA) are required to comply with these provisions. Non-compliance may affect the following types of USDA program benefits:

  • FSA loans and disaster assistance payments
  • NRCS and FSA conservation program benefits
  • Federal crop insurance premium subsidies

Specific Requirements and Information

Highly Erodible Land Conservation Wetland Conservation Compliance Fact Sheet 
December 2017 Update (PDF, 296KB)

Forms

To participate in the Federal crop insurance premium subsidies, you must file a form AD-1026 with FSA.

FSA Notice to Field Offices, Form  AD-1026 - FSA website

Form AD-1026, Highly Erodible Land Conservation (HELC) and Wetland Conservation (WC) Certification  -
USDA Forms website (PDF, 217KB)

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