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Applications for USDA's Agricultural Conservation Easement Program - Agricultural Land Easements Due by June 6, 2014

Lexington, Kentucky - May 7, 2014 USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is now accepting applications from eligible entities for its new Agricultural Conservation Easement Program – Agricultural Land Easements. The ACEP-ALE was created through the Agriculture Act of 2014, also known as the 2014 Farm Bill, and funds easements for agricultural lands.

Approved agricultural easements would prevent productive working lands from being converted to non-agricultural uses and maximize protection of land devoted to food production. Cropland, rangeland, grassland, pastureland and nonindustrial private forestland are eligible.

Applications must be submitted to Kentucky NRCS by June 6, 2014. Applications are available at local USDA Service Cente or can be downloaded from the Kentucky ACEP-ALE website. Agreements will be evaluated starting in late August.

The ACEP-ALE combines NRCS’ former Farm and Ranch Lands Protection and Grassland Reserve programs.

Learn more about ACEP and other Farm Bill programs at

To get started with NRCS, visit your local USDA Service Center or Learn more about the Farm Bill at

Media Contact: Christy Morgan, Program Analyst, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service in Lexington, Kentucky 859-224-7363


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