Agricultural producers are reminded to consult with Farm Service Agency and Natural Resources Conservation Service before breaking out new ground for production purposes as doing so without prior authorization may put a producer’s federal farm program benefits in jeopardy. This is especially true for land that must meet Highly Erodible Land and Wetland Conservation provisions.
    Producers with HEL determined soils are required to apply tillage, crop residue and rotational requirements as specified in their conservation plan.  
    Producers should notify FSA as a first point of contact prior to conducting land clearing or drainage type projects to ensure the proposed actions meet compliance criteria such as clearing any trees to create new cropland, and then these areas will need to be reviewed to ensure such work will not risk your eligibility for benefits.
    Landowners and operators complete the form AD-1026 - Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification to identify the proposed action and allow FSA to determine whether a referral to NRCS for further review is necessary.
    As a reminder, enrollment for the Dairy Margin Coverage for 2019 ends Sept. 20, 2019. If you have not yet made your decision, please contact your local FSA office and set up and appointment to complete your 2019 enrollment before the deadline.
    Farm Service Agency is an Equal Opportunity Lender. Complaints about discrimination should be sent to: Secretary of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. 20250. Visit the Farm Service Agency Web site at: www.fsa.usda.gov/ for necessary application forms and updates on USDA programs.