USDA Updates Conservation Provisions for Highly Erodible Land and Wetlands

USDA Updates Conservation Provisions for Highly Erodible Land and Wetlands

News Type: Federal Source: USDA NRCS
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published its final rule on determining whether land is considered highly erodible or a wetland, integrating input from the public and making updates in accordance with the 2018 Farm Bill. This final rule follows a focused effort by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to improve consistency and use of science in making determinations.

“Feedback is a very important resource, and we appreciate all of those who help us improve how determinations are made,” said Tom Watson, NRCS State Conservationist for Montana. “Highly erodible land and wetland determinations are the gateway to USDA programs, and we strive to provide the highest quality technical assistance to inform decision-making by farmers and ranchers.”

To be eligible for most USDA programs, producers must be conservation compliant with the highly erodible land and wetland provisions. These provisions aim to reduce soil loss on erosion-prone lands and to protect wetlands for the multiple benefits they provide.