Tama County farmers are reminded that in order to receive payments from USDA, compliance with Highly Erodible Land Conservation (HELC) and Wetland Conservation
(WC) provisions are required. "As spring field work commences, farmers should remember that some activities could jeopardize the eligibility for benefits now or in the future," said Anna Boecker, County Executive Director for the Tama County FSA Office. "Activities such as breaking out new land, clearing trees or other similar activities to bring land into crop production, including what was Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acreage should be reviewed first."
Farmers with highly erodible soils (HEL determined soils) are reminded to follow tillage, crop residue, and rotation requirements as specified in their conservation plans or following an acceptable conservation system. Producers should notify FSA prior to conducting land clearing or drainage projects to ensure compliance.
Landowners and operators can complete form AD-1026 Highly Erodible Land Conservation (HELC) and Wetland Conservation (WC) Certification to determine whether a referral to Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is necessary.
Persons who produce an agricultural commodity on a field(s) where highly erodible land is predominate, are eligible for benefits under the Highly Erodible Land Conservation (HELC) provisions unless it has been determined by NRCS that an acceptable conservation system is not being actively applied. This conservation system must be adequate for highly erodible land. Under the Wetland Conservation (WC) Provisions, persons are ineligible for benefits if they: plant anagricultural commodity on a wetland that was converted after December 23, 1985 or if they convert a wetland after November 28, 1990, by draining dredging, filling, leveling or any other means for the purpose, or to have the effect, of making the production of an agricultural commodity possible.