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Conservation Compliance

2014 Farm Bill - Conservation Compliance ChangesHighly 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
  • Protect the Nation's long-term capability to produce food and fiber.
  • NRCS and FSA conservation program benefits
  • Federal crop insurance premium subsidies

Visit the NRCS National website for more on conservation compliance.

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updated December 21, 2017