The Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRPP) is a voluntary program designed to protect agricultural use and related conservation values of eligible land by limiting non-agricultural uses of the land. The program protects valuable farm and ranch lands for future generations.
The emphasis of FRPP is to:
Protect agricultural productivity by limiting nonagricultural uses of land.
Preserve farmland for future generations.
Protect prime, unique, or statewide or locally important soils, land containing historic or archaeological sites from conversion to nonagricultural uses, and land that furthers State and local farm and ranch lands protection program policies.
Additional considerations are to
a. Sustain rural economic stability and development.
b. Maintain, restore, and enhance ecosystems
c. Protect scenic beauty.
FRPP is designed as a PARTNER program, meaning FRPP provides 50% of the appraised easement value. Only partners who meet eligibility requirements may apply for FRPP funds. NRCS refers to eligible entities that have entered into an FRPP cooperative agreement as “cooperating entities.” Eligible entities that have pending offers that meet the program eligibility may submit their proposed parcels to NRCS State offices continuously throughout the year. Entities requesting funding must submit a pending offer for each parcel in the proposal and have the required matching funds in cash at the time of application. When FRPP funds are available, the Chief of NRCS allocates funds to each NRCS State office. The State office staff ranks the proposed parcels and selects parcels for funding.
For more information, contact your local NRCS office or: