2014 Farm and Ranch Easement Program Applications Due
Land trusts and other eligible entities
interested in permanently protecting farm or ranchlands in California are
encouraged to submit applications to the USDA Natural Resources Conservation
Service (NRCS) Farm and Ranch
Lands Protection Program (FRPP) by Feb. 14, 2014.
“We are excited to announce that we have
significantly more funds available than in previous years to permanently protect
farms and ranches for future generations,” said Carlos Suarez, NRCS state conservationist in California. Six million dollars are available to
permanently protect farm and ranchlands throughout California.
FRPP is a voluntary easement program that helps
farmers and ranchers keep their land in agricultural production. The program
provides matching funds to State, Tribal, or local governments and
nongovernmental organizations with existing farmland protection programs to
purchase conservation easements.
Landowners interested in the FRPP must first work
with one of these eligible entities with funds necessary to match the federal
contribution from NRCS. The permanent conservation easements protect
agricultural land and important farmland soils, by prohibiting conversion to
While NRCS accepts FRPP applications throughout
the year, the agency plans to make 2014 funding decisions from the pool of
applications received by February 14. As with all NRCS easements, the landowner
retains the title to the land and the right to control access and recreational
use. The land remains on the tax rolls.
In 2013, NRCS funded $4.2 million in FRPP
easements to protect eight agricultural properties, in six counties. In total,
3,000 agricultural acres were protected helping to sustain farming in
its inception in 1935, NRCS has worked in partnership with private landowners
and a variety of local, state and federal conservation partners to deliver
conservation based on specific, local needs.
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