Agricultural Land Easements
Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP)
Agricultural Land Easements (ALE)
The Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) provides financial and technical assistance to help conserve agricultural lands and wetlands and their related benefits. Under the Agricultural Land Easements component, NRCS helps Indian tribes, state and local governments and non-governmental organizations protect working agricultural lands and limit non-agricultural uses of the land.
NRCS provides financial assistance to eligible partners for purchasing Agricultural Land Easements that protect the agricultural use and conservation values of eligible land. In the case of working farms, the program helps farmers and ranchers keep their land in agriculture. The program also protects grazing uses and related conservation values by conserving grassland, including rangeland, pastureland and shrubland. Eligible partners include Indian tribes, state and local governments and non-governmental organizations that have farmland or grassland protection programs (such as land trusts or land conservancies.)
Under the Agricultural Land component, NRCS may contribute up to 50 percent of the fair market value of the agricultural land easement. Where NRCS determines that grasslands of special environmental significance will be protected, NRCS may contribute up to 75 percent of the fair market value of the agricultural land easement.
Land eligible for agricultural easements includes cropland, rangeland, grassland, pastureland and nonindustrial private forest land. NRCS will prioritize applications that protect agricultural uses and related conservation values of the land and those that maximize the protection of contiguous acres devoted to agricultural use.
To enroll land through agricultural land easements, NRCS enters into cooperative agreements with eligible partners. Each easement is required to have an agricultural land easement plan that promotes the long-term viability of the land.
How to apply
Agricultural land easements - eligible partners may submit proposals to NRCS to acquire conservation easements on eligible land.
ACEP-ALE Application Documents for FY 2014:
NRCS-CPA-41, Entity Application for an Agricultural Land Easement (ALE) Agreement
NRCS-CPA-41A, Parcel Sheet for Entity Application for an Agricultural Land Easement (ALE)
ACEP-ALE Ranking Document for FY 2014
ACEP-ALE Application Checklist for FY 2014
ACEP-ALE FY 2014 Eligible Entity Cash Contribution Requirement Waiver Request Worksheet
ACEP-ALE FY 2014 List of Eligible Counties for Cash Contribution Requirement Waiver Request
ACEP-ALE FY 2014 Scenarios for Cash Match Waiver
For more information, contact your local NRCS office or:
Conservation Easement Specialist
(706) 546- 2272