U.S. farmers have until Monday, June 1st to certify their compliance with conservation mandates and remain eligible for crop insurance subsidies for the 2016 season. In order to do so, farmers must have a Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification form, also known as an AD-1026 form, on file with their local USDA Service Center.
The majority of farmers who are already taking part in other government programs including marketing assistance loans, farm storage facility loans, and disaster assistance will have this form already completed. However, as a condition placed in the 2014 farm bill, the compliance form will now also apply to those whose only relationship with USDA programs is through crop insurance. This is especially notable for farmers of specialty crops like sugar beets, where many producers never needed to file forms for their joint ventures.
The Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification form AD-1026 is available at local USDA Service Centers or online at www.fsa.usda.gov/AD1026form.