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USDA urging farmers to review their 2011 conservation plans
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MONROE - The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is encouraging local farmers to review their conservation compliance plans for the 2011 crop year. Conservation compliance is still required for USDA programs and good planning starts now.The Food Security Act of 1985 requires persons to be using an acceptable conservation system to produce agricultural commodities which on highly erodible land (HEL) in order to continue to be eligible for USDA substantial program benefits, which include farm loan programs and disaster assistance, as well as commodity price support programs available through USDA. Farmers also must be diligent to prevent ephemeral gully erosion in order to maintain program eligibility.