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Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program in Connecticut

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Applications are accepted on a continuing basis.
 

What is FRPP?

The Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRPP) is a voluntary program; its purpose is to protect agricultural lands by limiting non-agricultural uses. NRCS partners with approved state, local, and non-profit entities who arrange for the purchase of development rights through conservation easements on private lands. The entity holds and manages these conservation easements in perpetuity.

Who can apply?

Any state or local unit of government, or non-profit organization can apply for FRPP funds by demonstrating ...

  • A commitment to long-term conservation of agricultural lands
  • A capability to acquire, manage, and enforce easements
  • Sufficient staff dedicated to monitoring and easement stewardship
  • The availability of funds

How do I know if I'm eligible?

Eligible land must:

  • Be privately owned
  • Contain at least 50% prime, unique, statewide, or locally important farmland
  • Be subject of a pending offer
  • Contain cropland, grassland, pasture land, or forest land that contributes to the economic viability of an agricultural operation
  • Not include forest land of greater than two-thirds of the easement
  • Possess on-site and off-site conditions which will allow the easement to be effective in achieving the purposes of the program

The eligibility of the land and the landowner for each parcel must be established at the time the parcel is submitted for potential funding.

  • For each parcel, the landowner's legal name and contact information must be provided.
  • A CCC-901 Members Information form must be signed by the landowner.
  • The landowner must be compliant with Highly Erodible and Wetland Conservation provisions of the 1985 Farm Bill, as amended.
  • A current AD-1026 must be on file with the Farm Service Agency or submitted with the application.
  • Landowners also must meet the adjusted gross income limitation, earning less than $1 million in non-farm income for each of the past three years, unless more than 66% of the total gross income was from farm income.
  • A current Adjusted Gross Income Form (coming soon) must be included with the application.
  • Forest management plans are required on all parcels with forest cover on greater than 40 acres or 20% of the easement area (whichever is greater). If the parcel requires a forest management plan, a certification by the landowner that such a plan will be completed prior to closing is needed.

How are parcels ranked?

Changes have been made in the ranking criteria to comply with national and state needs. The draft criteria includes:

As part of the ranking and eligibility process, NRCS will complete a pre-acquisition database search for hazardous materials on or near the parcel. In addition, NRCS will conduct an on-site visit to determine the condition of the land. NRCS will also interview the landowner to ensure that all FRPP requirements are understood and that any information collected is accurate and complete.

As a condition for participation, NRCS will develop a conservation plan for all Highly Erodible Land. To ensure compliance with the plan, the easement shall grant to the U.S. -- through NRCS and its successor or assigns -- a right of access to the easement area.

How do I apply?

Due to the inclusion of personal and private information, no electronic submittals will be accepted. Applications should be marked "PRIVATE" and addressed to:

Joyce Purcell
FRPP Program Manager
USDA-NRCS
344 Merrow Road, Suite A
Tolland, CT 06084-3917

Notice of Program Funding

All funds will be used to reimburse the entities for up to 50% of the approved fair market value of the conservation easement on approved parcels. All parcels are ranked individually on their own merit. Funds will be awarded to the highest ranked eligible parcels through a statewide competitive process.

What happens if my application is selected?

  • Eligible entities will sign an agreement with NRCS.
  • Within 30 days of agreement signing, the entity will be required to submit a draft easement deed for NRCS approval.

Program Application Materials

Please read all application materials carefully.

National FRPP Program

Additional Information


Contact

Joyce Purcell
FRPP Manager
Phone: (860) 871-4028