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Highly Erodible Land and Wetland Conservation Compliance Remain in Effect

DES MOINES — John R. Whitaker, State Executive Director for USDA’s Iowa Farm Service Agency reminds producers that in order to receive payments from USDA, compliance with Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation provisions are required.

“With the one year extension of the 2008 Farm Bill, producers are reminded that highly erodible land conservation and wetland conservation provisions remain in effect for the 2013 program year,” Whitaker said. “Farmers are reminded to follow tillage, crop residue, and rotation requirements as specified in their conservation systems. Producers should notify their local FSA office prior to conducting any land clearing, including tree removal, or drainage projects to insure compliance.”

Persons who produce an agricultural commodity on a field(s) where highly erodible soil is predominant; are eligible for USDA program benefits 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 and will be based on the local NRCS technical guide.

For more information on Highly Erodible Land and Wetland Conservation provisions, contact the your local FSA Office or visit FSA online at www.fsa.usda.gov.

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