Applications for Farm and Ranchland Protection Easement Programs Sought
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact information: Jeff Williams, (801) 524-4254
March 21, 2014 Deadline
Salt Lake City, UT, Jan. 13, 2014 – Utah private landowners and operators and cooperating entities are encouraged to submit 2014 applications by March 21, 2014 to USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) for participation in the Farm and Ranchland Protection Program (FRPP). Easement programs are offered through a continuous signup but NRCS periodically makes funding selections as program dollars allow. March 21, 2014 will be the deadline for batching FRPP applications for FY2014.
The Farm and Ranchland Protection Program is available this year and provides funding for permanent conservation easements on agricultural land. FRPP protects productive agricultural land by purchasing conservation easements to limit conversion of farm and ranch lands to non-agricultural uses. NRCS provides up to 50 percent of the appraised fair market value of the conservation easement in this voluntary program. Eligible cooperating entities must match that amount which may include landowner donations as part of the match.
To qualify, farmland must be privately owned; have a conservation plan for highly erodible land; be large enough to sustain agricultural production; be accessible to markets for what the land produces; have adequate infrastructure and agricultural support services; have surrounding parcels of land that can support long-term agricultural production; and cooperating entities must have a pending offer from eligible landowners.
For more information about these easement programs, visit your local USDA Service Center or go online to NRCS Utah FY14 FRPP or contact Jeff Williams, firstname.lastname@example.org, (801) 524-4254
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