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Highly Erodible Land, Wetland Conservation Certification Must be Filed
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 01/26/2016

The 2014 farm bill requires farmers to have a Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification on file with their local Farm Service Agency office in order to maintain eligibility for premium support on federal crop insurance. The Risk Management Agency, through the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation, manages the federal crop insurance program that provides the modern farm safety net for American farmers and ranchers.

Since enactment of the 1985 farm bill, eligibility for most commodity, disaster and conservation programs has been linked to compliance with the highly erodible land conservation and wetland conservation provisions. The 2014 farm program continues the requirement that producers adhere to conservation compliance guidelines to be eligible for most programs administered by FSA and the Natural Resources Conservation Service. This includes financial assistance from the Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage programs, the Conservation Reserve Program, livestock disaster assistance programs, Marketing Assistance Loans and most programs implemented by FSA. It also includes the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, the Conservation Stewardship Program and other conservation programs implemented by NRCS.

If you have not submitted the AD-1026 form, producers are asked to do so before the June 1 deadline. Form AD-1026 is available at USDA Service Centers and online at: www.fsa.usda.gov. Please contact your local USDA Service Center for more information.

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