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Farm Bill Changes Impact­ing Cover Crops

The new Farm Bill is expected to be passed by the Sen­ate and hope­fully signed into law soon after.

From National Asso­ci­a­tion of Wheat Growers

Farm Bill Con­ser­va­tion – Title II

The con­ser­va­tion title of the farm bill con­fer­ence report main­tains a strong com­mit­ment to work­ing lands con­ser­va­tion and stream­lines and con­sol­i­dates con­ser­va­tion pro­grams and but adds con­ser­va­tion com­pli­ance require­ments to crop insur­ance. The bill retains the Con­ser­va­tion Reserve Pro­gram but decreases the enroll­ment cap to 24 mil­lion acres by 2018 and includes and options for early release from cer­tain con­tracts. The Envi­ron­men­tal Qual­ity Incen­tives Pro­gram and the Con­ser­va­tion Stew­ard­ship Pro­gram remain mostly unchanged, how­ever fund­ing and annual enroll­ment are decreased. The bill con­sol­i­dates the Farm­land Pro­tec­tion Pro­gram, the Wet­land Reserve Pro­gram and grass­land ease­ments into one ease­ment pro­gram. The bill also cre­ates a new part­ner­ship pro­gram that uti­lizes sev­eral con­ser­va­tion pro­grams and fund­ing from non-​federal partners.

The bill requires highly erodi­ble con­ser­va­tion (HEL) and wet­land com­pli­ance to receive fed­eral crop insur­ance pre­mi­ums based on the date of enact­ment of the bill. Pro­duc­ers have five years to com­ply with HEL require­ments if they have not pre­vi­ously been sub­ject to HEL require­ments. Any penal­ties for vio­la­tions will be on future pre­mium sub­si­dies. Pro­duc­ers cur­rently in com­pli­ance due to par­tic­i­pa­tion in com­mod­ity and con­ser­va­tion pro­grams will be in com­pli­ance with the new requirements

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