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Financial Assistance Programs

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NRCS offers easement programs to landowners who want to maintain or enhance their land in a way beneficial to agriculture and/or the environment. All NRCS easement programs are voluntary. We provide technical help and financial assistance, but local landowners and organizations are needed to make NRCS easement programs successful.

Easement programs include the following:

Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) which has two options. 
1.  Agricultural Land Easement (ALE): includes the Farm and Ranchland
     Protection Program and Grassland Reserve Program
2.  Wetland Reserve Easements (WRE): open land that has wet soils and was
     drained.

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