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

HELC Provision Contact
Name: Jason H. Hanson
Title: State Agronomist
Phone: (808) 600-2925
Email: Jason.H.Hanson@usda.gov

WC Provision Contact
Name: Amy Koch
Title: Assistant Director for Soil Science
Phone: (808) 933-8351
Email: Amy.Koch@usda.gov

HELC/WC Technical Resources

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

Pacific Islands Area

HELOC/WC Fact Sheets

AD-1026, Highly Erodible Land Conservation (HELC) and Wetland Conservation (WC) Certification form (PDF, 217 KB)

Highly Erodible Land Conservation (HELC) and Wetland Conservation (WC) Factsheet: FSA, RMA and NRCS Joint National Factsheet (December 2017; PDF; 297 KB)

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