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Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRPP) Applications

State and Local Entities Should Apply for USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRPP) by February 15, 2013

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

The Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRPP)Lexington, KY 1-9-13— The Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRPP) is a voluntary program administered by USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).  The purpose of the program is to protect agricultural lands by limiting non-agricultural uses.  In fiscal year 2012, over 250 acres of farm land were enrolled in the FRPP at an investment of over $330,000.  To date, the federally-partnered conservation easements cover nearly 30,000 acres.  Many of these farms are not only considered prime farm land, but several have also been of historical or archaeological importance.

NRCS does not accept FRPP applications directly from individual landowners.  Only eligible entities may submit applications; interested landowners must work through an eligible entity to participate in FRPP. An eligible entity includes any state or local unit of government, or qualified non-profit organization that can demonstrate: commitment to long-term conservation of agricultural lands, a capability to acquire, manage, and enforce easements, sufficient staff dedicated to monitoring and easement stewardship, and the availability of matching funds.

FRPP can provide up to fifty percent of the appraised fair market value of the conservation easement.  The eligible entity is responsible for the matching funds, securing an appraisal, survey, and title search; preparing the conservation easement deed, and paying closing costs.  The entity will arrange for the purchase of development rights through conservation easements on private lands.  The entity holds and manages these conservation easements in perpetuity.

Application must be made by the eligible entities to the NRCS state office.  Each state has application requirements specific to the state.  The individual parcels will be evaluated for eligibility and quality and the highest quality parcels for which the NRCS state office has funding will be selected. For additional information or an application package please visit http://www.ky.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/2013FRPP/index.html.

All applications for 2013 funding must be received by 4:30 PM on Friday February 15, 2013.  All applications received after this date will be held until the next funding cycle.

For more information, please contact Marcia Kelly at marcia.kelly@ky.usda.gov or 859-224-7444. USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, 771 Corporate Drive, Suite 210, Lexington, Kentucky 40503.

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