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USDA’s Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program Accepting Applications for 2014 Funding

Deadline is February 21, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Christy Morgan
Acting Public Affairs Specialist
christy.morgan@ky.usda.gov
859-224-7363

Lexington, KY., December 19, 2013— USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Kentucky announced today that they will accept applications from entities for the Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRPP) through February 21, 2014.  Applications submitted after this date will be held for the next funding consideration and ranking, likely in federal fiscal year 2015. NRCS does not accept applications directly from individual landowners for this program. Landowners must work through an approved entity to participate in FRPP.

NRCS administers the program that has protected more than 2 million acres ofthe nation’s most valuable lands for the production of food, feed and fiber since 1996. In Kentucky, FRPP funds have helped purchase 191 conservation easements on over 32,000 acres and will help secure six more in the near future.  Several of the protected farms have been of historical and/or archaeological importance including a civil war battle field.  

“In order to feed the increasing world population, we must ensure farmers have prime agricultural land available. FRPP easements ensure that productive farms are protected from development and will be kept in agricultural uses forever,” said Assistant State Conservationist for Programs, Deena Wheby.

The amount available for this program in Kentucky for 2014 is approximately $1.7 million. This program provides matching funds to organizations to purchase conservation easements on private working lands.

Interested entities must complete information regarding the Kentucky 2014 FRPP funding and application process by visiting http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/ky/programs/easements/farmranch/.

All applications for 2014 funding must be received by 4:30 PM on Friday, February 21, 2014.

Detailed information on submitting the application can be found at the same web location.

For program related questions, contact Marcia Kelly, Resource Conservationist with NRCS in Kentucky at marcia.kelly@ky.usda.gov or by calling 859-224-7444.

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