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FRPP Funding Availability

Contact Person:
Emily Fife, easements remediation coordinator, (307) 233-6774

The Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRPP) administered by the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), is accepting applications for funding on a continuous basis.

Eligible entities must submit complete applications on or before March 21, 2014, to receive consideration for funding in fiscal year 2014. The second application deadline is May 16, 2014.

A complete application is considered all items required per the FRPP parcel workbook located on Wyoming’s NRCS website: http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/wy/programs/easements/farmranch/

Only eligible entities may submit applications of eligible farm and ranch land. Eligible entities are State, Tribal, or local governments and non-government organizations that meet specific requirements. The entities must have an established farm and ranch land protection program, have the authority to hold and manage easements; have the capacity to acquire, manage, and enforce the easements; and the funds to match the Federal contribution.

The FRPP is a conservation easement program that provides up to 50 percent of the appraised fair market value to help purchase development rights to keep productive farm and ranchland in agriculture uses.

Land proposed for funding in FRPP must meet one of three eligibility categories: contain at least fifty percent prime and unique farmland soils and soils of Statewide and local importance; contain historic or archeological resources; or contain land that supports the farm and ranch land protection policies of state or local programs.

FRPP has enrolled over 620,000 acres on 3,100 farms and ranches since Congress first authorized the program in 1996. For more information, please visit the FRPP page on the national NRCS webpage: http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/programs/easements/farmranch/

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