Certify for conservation compliance by June 1

Certify for conservation compliance by June 1

Act now to remain eligible for crop insurance premium support.

FAQ: Soil and water conservation is now tied to crop insurance eligibility, to qualify for premium support. What do I have to do to stay eligible for USDA's crop insurance benefit?

Answer: USDA is reminding farmers the 2014 Farm Bill requires producers to file a Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification form (AD-1026) with their local USDA service center by June 1, 2015. This is in order to become or remain eligible for crop insurance premium support.

JUNE 1 DEADLINE: The 2014 Farm Bill requires producers to file a Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification form (AD-1026) by June 1 to remain eligible for crop insurance premium support.

Most farmers already have a certification form on file since it's required for participation in most USDA programs: marketing assistance loans, farm storage facility loans and disaster assistance. Farmers, such as specialty crop growers who receive federal crop insurance premium support, but may not participate in other USDA programs, also must now file a certification form to maintain their crop insurance premium support.

Talk to staff at your local USDA Service Center
USDA employees are working hard to get the word out about this new farm bill provision," says Vilsack. "While many producers will not need to take action, we want to help make sure those who are required to act do so by the June 1 deadline. We want all eligible producers to be able to maintain their ability to protect their farming operations with affordable insurance."

Producers should visit their local USDA service center and talk with their crop insurance agent before the June 1, 2015, deadline to ask questions, get additional information or learn more about conservation compliance procedures. Producers that file their form by the deadline will be eligible for federal crop insurance premium support during the 2016 reinsurance year, which begins July 1, 2015. USDA will publish a rule outlining the linkage of conservation compliance with federal crop insurance premium support. Go to go.usa.gov/3Wy5J to view the rule.

Risk Management Agency provides farm safety net
The Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification form is available at the local USDA service center or online at fsa.usda.gov/AD1026form. When a farmer completes this form, USDA's FSA and NRCS staff will outline any additional actions that may be required for compliance with highly erodible land and wetland provisions.

USDA's Risk Management Agency through the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation provides a farm safety net for America's farmers and ranchers. For more information, visit usda.gov/farmbill.

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