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Conservation Compliance

Conservation Compliance Home HeaderWhat is Conservation Compliance?

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 USDA Highly Erodible Land Conservation (HELC) and Wetland Conservation (WC) provisions.

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. These 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.

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

More Information


Frank Velázquez, Acting Assistant State Conservationist for Programs, 787-766-6502 or 787-249-5874