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Conservation Compliance

Conservation Compliance










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.

HELC/WC Provision Contact

Name: Rogerick Thompson

Title: State Resource Conservationist

Phone: 601.863.3911


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 North Dakota implementation of the HELC/WC provisions are provided below:


County Highly Erodible HEL Soil Lists

Adams Franklin Lauderdale Pearl River Tishomingo
Alcorn George Lawrence Perry Tunica
Amite Grenada Leake Pike Union
Benton Hancock Lee Pontotoc Walthall
Bolivar Harrison Leflore Prentiss Warren
Calhoun Hinds Lincoln Quitman Washington
Carroll Holmes Lowndes Rankin Wayne
Chickasaw Humphreys Madison Scott Webster
Choctaw Itawamba Marion Sharkey Wilkinson
Claiborne Jackson Marshall Simpson Winston
Clarke Jasper Monroe Smith Yazoo
Clay Jefferson Montgomery Stone  
Coahoma Jefferson Davis Neshoba Sunflower  
Copiah Jones Newton Tallahatchie  
Covington Kemper Noxubee Tishomingo  
Desoto Lafayette Oktibbeha Tate  
Forrest Lamar Panola Tippah  


SOSM Technical Data

Climatic Data for Normal Circumstances (Denotes years with normal precipitation used in the SOSM.)

Normal Year for Wetland Sizing  (Denotes year of imagery in which wetland boundary will be based)

Data Sheets (PDF; 112KB)

Wetland Conservation Provision Job Approval Authority (List of Agency experts that possess the requisite training, knowledge, skills and abilities to issue technical determinations and decisions.)

Mississippi HELC/WC Fact Sheets

Mississippi Mitigation Fact Sheet 

Mississippi Certified Wetland Determination Fact Sheet

Mississippi HELC/WC Success Stories

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