Conservation Compliance (AD-1026) Deadline Nears
AD-1026 must be filed by June 1 to receive crop insurance premium subsidies in 2018.
All farmers must have the Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Compliance form (AD-1026) filed for their current entity by June 1, 2017 with their county Farm Service Agency (FSA) office. Anytime a farmer changes their entity (name, entity type, Substantial Beneficial Interest [SBI], or SBI percentages), they must re-file their AD-1026 with FSA as soon as possible or they may lose USDA program benefits. Farmers who have previously filed their AD-1026 do not need to re-file if entity changes have not occurred.
To be in compliance, farmers must fill out form AD-1026 certifying they will not:
- Plant or produce an agricultural commodity on highly erodible land without following a Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) approved conservation plan or system;
- Plant or produce an agricultural commodity on a converted wetland; or
- Convert a wetland to make the production of an agricultural commodity possible.
Farmers, and any affiliated individuals or entities participating in most programs administered by the FSA, the NRCS, and the Risk Management Agency are required to comply with these provisions. Non-compliant farmers jeopardize their eligibility for the following types of USDA program benefits:
- FSA loans and disaster assistance payments;
- NRCS and FSA conservation program benefits; and
- Federal crop insurance premium subsidies.
Farmers should contact FSA to verify their AD-1026 status. Form AD-1026 (PDF) can be obtained from your county FSA office. For more information on crop insurance in Maine please visit the Maine Risk Management and Crop Insurance Education Program website or contact Crop Insurance Education Program Manager Erin Roche (firstname.lastname@example.org or 207.949.2490).
The University of Maine Cooperative Extension is in partnership with the USDA Risk Management Agency to deliver crop insurance education in Maine.