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Conservation compliance changes
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack reminded producers July 22 that changes mandated through the 2014 Farm Bill require them to have on file a Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification (AD-1026). The Farm Bill relinked highly erodible land conservation and wetland conservation compliance with eligibility for premium support paid under the federal crop insurance program.
For farmers to be eligible for premium support on their federal crop insurance, a completed and signed AD-1026 form must be on file with the Farm Service Agency. Since many farm and conservation programs have this requirement, most producers should already have an AD-1026 on file. If producers have not filed, they must do so by June 1, 2015.
When a farmer completes the AD-1026, the Farm Service Agency and the Natural Resource Conservation Service staff will outline any additional actions that may be required for compliance with the provisions. The Risk Management Agency, through the Federal Crop Insurance Corp., manages the federal crop insurance program, which provides the modern farm safety net for American farmers and ranchers.
The Farm Service Agency recently released a revised form AD-1026, which is available at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agency’s Service Centers and online at www.fsa.usda.gov. The Ag Department will publish a rule later this year that will provide details outlining the connection of conservation compliance with crop insurance premium support. Producers can also contact their local Farm Service Agency Service Center for information at 1106 10th (U.S. 181) in Floresville or call 830-393-3411.
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