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In order to maintain eligibility for most USDA programs, producers must comply with Farm Bill 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 with technical assistance and determinations to assist them in complying with these provisions.

HELC/WC Provision Contact

Name:  Chad Wentz
Title:  State Resource Conservationist
Phone: 804-287-1668

HELC/WC Technical Resources

Wetlands, soils, and climate vary widely based on the geography of each State. Information and technical resources specific to Virginia implementation of the HELC/WC provisions are provided below:


Other Virginia Resources

Lateral Effect/Setback Information (Provides the horizontal distance over which drainage affects adjacent wetland hydrology.)

Virginia HELC/WC Fact Sheets

Wetlands and Conservation Compliance: What Every Virginia Farmer Needs to Know