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In 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 Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) is responsible for providing program participants assistance and determinations to assist them in complying with the provisions.

HELC Provision Contact

Name:  Dr. Craig Smith
Title:  State Agronomist
Phone:  318-473-7805

WC Provision Contact

Name:  Troy Mallach
Title:  State Wildlife Biologist
Phone:  318-473-7809


HELC/WC Technical Resources

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



Other Louisiana Resources