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Signup for Ag Conservation Easement Program in Alabama

Applications for the new Farm Bill program due May 30, 2014

Auburn, Ala., May 5, 2014 

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist, Dr. William Puckett announced today that applications are being accepted until May 30, 2014, for its new Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP).  The ACEP, created through the 2014 Farm Bill, funds easements for agricultural lands and wetlands. 

“This is an exciting new opportunity for more people to get involved in conserving natural resources, “said Puckett.  “We encourage Indian tribes, state and local governments, non-governmental organizations and private landowners to contact their local NRCS office to find out how to apply.”

Agricultural land easements prevent productive working lands from being converted to non-agricultural uses and maximize protection of land developed for food production.  Cropland, rangeland, grassland, pastureland, and nonindustrial private forestlands are eligible. 

Wetland reserve easements restore and enhance wetlands and improve habitat.  Eligible lands include farmed or converted wetlands that can be successfully and cost-effectively restored.

The ACEP combines NRCS’ former Farm and Ranch Lands Protection, Grassland Reserve and Wetlands Reserve programs.

To get started with NRCS, visit your local USDA Service Center or www.nrcs.usda.gov/GetStarted.

Learn more about the Farm Bill at:  www.nrcs.usda.gov/FarmBill.