AMBA Joins Comment Letter on Conservation Compliance

Posted : 2015-06-04

The 2014 Farm Bill requires that producers that the USDA determines have highly erodible land (HEL) or wetlands must certify that they comply with certain conservation measures to receive crop insurance subsidies.  AMBA has joined a broad coalition of sportsman, conservation groups, lenders, commodities groups, and insurers in comments to the USDA to help ensure a smooth transition for those affected by this new requirement.

Farm Bills have long required producers to implement conservation practices (e.g. erosion control, wetland protection) and as a requirement to participate in many or most federal farm programs.  In recent years, conservation compliance did not apply to crop insurance subsidies, but the 2014 Farm Bill changes this.  The USDA Farm Services Agency (FSA) published an interim rule to set rules for implementing conservation compliance for crop insurance.

Most farm programs requiring conservation compliance are administered by the FSA.  Crop insurance is overseen by the Risk Management Agency (RMA).  There are a number of reporting dates, record keeping, and operational procedures between these two agencies that make this seemingly easy task somewhat complicated.  The letter and interim rule can be found here:

Letter

Rule

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