Conservation Compliance

Conservation Compliance

The Food Security Act of 1985, as amended, requires producers participating in most programs administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA) and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to abide by certain conditions on any land owned or farmed that is highly erodible or that is considered a wetland. Producers participating in these programs and any person or entity considered to be an "affiliated person" of the producer, are subject to these conditions. The regulations covering the conditions are set forth in the Federal Register at 7 CFR Part 12.

To be in compliance with the highly erodible land conservation and wetland conservation provisions, producers must agree, by certifying on Form AD-1026, that they will not:

  • Produce an agricultural commodity on highly erodible land without a conservation system;
  • Plant an agricultural commodity on a converted wetland;
  • Convert a wetland to make possible the production of an agricultural commodity.

Applicable Forms

AD-1026 Highly Erodible Land and Wetland Conservation Certification (pdf)

Fact Sheets

Conservation Compliance - Highly Erodible Land and Wetlands

Conservation Compliance and Crop Insurance

Conservation Compliance for Highly Erodible Land and Wetlands - Affiliated Persons

Regulations and Procedures

Regulation 7 CFR Part 12 - Highly Erodible Land and Wetland Conservation (pdf)

Handbook 6-CP (Rev. 4) – Highly Erodible Land and Wetland Conservation Provisions (pdf)

Other Information

FSA staff field notice