You can deduct soil and water conservation expenses only if they are consistent with a plan approved by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) of the Department of Agriculture. If no such plan exists, the expenses must be consistent with a soil conservation plan of a comparable state agency. Keep a copy of the plan with your books and records to support your deductions. taxmap/pubs/p225-020.htm#en_us_publink1000218010
A conservation plan includes the farming conservation practices approved for the area where your farmland is located. There are three types of approved plans.
- NRCS individual site plans. These plans are issued individually to farmers who request assistance from NRCS to develop a conservation plan designed specifically for their farmland.
- NRCS county plans. These plans include a listing of farm conservation practices approved for the county where the farmland is located. You can deduct expenses for conservation practices not included on the NRCS county plans only if the practice is a part of an individual site plan.
- Comparable state agency plans. These plans are approved by state agencies and can be approved individual site plans or county plans.
Individual site plans can be obtained from NRCS offices and the comparable state agencies.