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Conservation Compliance

Conservation ComplianceIn order to maintain eligibility for most USDA programs, producers must comply with the Highly Erodible Land Conservation (HELC) and Wetland Conservation (WC) provisions, agreeing they will not:

  • Produce an agricultural commodity on highly erodible land without an adequate conservation system;
  • Plant an agricultural commodity on a converted wetland;
  • Convert a wetland to make possible the production of an agricultural commodity.

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is responsible for providing program participants technical assistance and determinations to assist them in complying with the provisions.

HELC/WC Technical Resources

Given the geographical differences of wetlands, soils, and climate in each State, information and technical resources specific to Pennsylvania’s implementation of the HELC/WC provisions are provided below:

Pennsylvania Resources

Click here for the National NRCS Conservation Provision Webpage

HELC/WC Provision Contact

Melissa Hanner, Resource Soil Scientist, Compliance Specialist

717-344-0553 (Office)
(717) 344-0553 (Cell)
melissa.hanner@usda.gov

Last updated:  April 6, 2021