May 26, 2019

Farmers reminded of benefits policy

PRESQUE ISLE — The Aroostook County Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service reminds farm program participants that conservation requirements for highly erodible land must be met to be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture benefits.

The conservation provisions give producers who plant agricultural commodities on highly erodible land the option of developing and applying an approved conservation plan that will reduce excessive erosion on the land and remaining eligible for USDA program benefits.

A second option produces agricultural commodities on highly erodible land without using an approved conservation plan and losing eligibility for USDA program benefits.

Farmers who did not get a conservation plan approved by Jan. 1 should contact the SCS before planting. In those cases, a conservation system must be fully applied on highly erodible land planted to an agricultural commodity to remain eligible for program benefits.

Producers who are farming highly erodible land or who will produce agricultural commodities on land for which the SCS has not made a highly erodible land determination, should contact either SCS or the local conservation district.

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