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USDA reminds farmers to submit paperwork before June 1 deadline

ST. PAUL - The United States Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) reminds agricultural producers this week of an approaching deadline for federal crop insurance subsidies.

ST. PAUL - The United States Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) reminds agricultural producers this week of an approaching deadline for federal crop insurance subsidies.

Producers must have their Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification form, commonly called form AD-1026, on file with their local USDA service center by June 1.

Many farmers have their certification form on file meeting conservation compliance provisions since it's required for participation in other USDA programs, including NRCS conservation programs. But producers, like specialty crop growers who receive federal crop insurance premium subsidies and do not participate in other USDA programs, must now file a certification form with USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA).

Producers are encouraged to visit their local USDA service center before the June 1 deadline to ask questions, get additional information or learn more about conservation compliance procedures. Producers that file their form by the deadline will be eligible for federal crop insurance premium subsidies during the 2016 reinsurance year, which begins July 1.

The June 1 deadline does not apply to producers seeking benefits from FSA and NRCS programs.

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