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Grassland Reserve Program

Grassland Reserve Program

Staff contact: Jayme Arthurs, Program Specialist
Phone:(302) 678-4191
FAX: (302) 678-0843

The Grassland Reserve Program helps landowners restore and protect grassland, pastureland, shrubland and certain other lands and provides assistance for rehabilitating grasslands.  The program will conserve vulnerable grasslands from conversion to cropland or other uses.   

2013 offers producers several enrollment options: permanent easements and rental agreements (for 10, 15 or 20 years). Restoration agreements may be required when the grassland functions and values of the land need to be improved. For permanent easements, USDA makes a payment based on the fair market value of the property less the grazing value - not to exceed $5,000 per acre.  USDA pays all costs associated with recording the easement in the local land records office, including recording fees, charges for abstracts, survey and title insurance.  Landowners voluntarily limit future use of the land, yet retain private ownership. For rental agreements, USDA pays $13.00 per acre in Kent County, $15.00 per acre in Sussex County and $13.50 per acre in New Castle County in annual payments for the length of the agreement. For restoration agreements, USDA pays up to 50 percent of the restoration costs on grassland and shrubland.

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