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2013 Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program Ranking Criteria

Nationally Mandated Factors (60% of Total Points)
Parcel Name: _________________________

County: _________________ Entity: _____________
 

Ranking Factor and Scaling

Response

Max. Points Points
Percent of prime, unique, and important farmland in the parcel to be protected
     § 0 points for 50 percent or less
     § 6 points for every percent above 50 percent
(National Mandate – 0 points for 50% or less – Eligibility Criteria)
  300  
Percent of cropland, pastureland, grassland, and rangeland in the parcel to be protected
     § 0 points for 33 percent or less
     § 2 points for every percent above 33 percent
(National Mandate – 0 points for 33% or less – Eligibility Criteria)
  135  
Ratio of the total acres of land in the parcel to be protected to average farm size in the county according to the most recent USDA Census of Agriculture
     § 0 points for a ratio of 1 or less
     § 50 points for ratios of 1.0 to 2.0
     § 75 points for ratios of greater than 2.0
(National Mandate – 0 points for ratio of 1 or less)
  75  
Decrease in the percentage of acreage of farmland in the county in which the parcel is located between the last two USDA Censuses of Agriculture
     § 0 points for decrease of 0 percent or less
     § 25 points for decreases of 0 to 5 percent
     § 50 points for decrease of 5 to 10 percent
     § 25 points for decreases of 10 to 15 percent
     § 0 points for decreases of more than 15 percent
(National Mandate – 0 points for 0% or less)
  50  
Percent population growth in the county as documented by the United States Census
     §   0 points for growth rate of less than the state growth rate
     § 50 points for growth rate of 1 to 2 times the state growth rate
     § 75 points for growth rate of 2 to 3 times the state growth rate
     §  0 points for growth rate of more than 3 times the state growth rate
(National Mandate – 0 points for growth rate less than the state growth rate)
  75  
Population density (population per square mile) as documented by the most recent United States Census
     § 0 points for population density less than the state population density
     § 25 points for population density of 1 to 2 times the state population density
     § 50 points for population density of 2 to 3 times the state population density
     § 0 points for population density of more than 3 times the state population density)
(National Mandate – 0 points for population density less than the state density)
  50  
Proximity of the parcel to other protected land, including military installations
     § 0 points for less than 250 acres of protected land within a mile of the boundaries of the parcel
     § 85 points for 250-500 acres of protected land within a mile of the boundaries of the parcel
     § 165 points for more than 500 acres of protected land within a mile of the boundaries of the parcel
 
  165  
Proximity of the parcel to other agricultural operations and infrastructure
     § 0 points for less than 250 acres of other agricultural operations within a mile of the boundaries of the parcel
     § 75 points for 250-500 acres of other agricultural operations within a mile of the boundaries of the parcel
     § 150 points for more than 500 acres of agricultural operations within a mile of the boundaries of the parcel
  150  
Total Points for Nationally Mandated Ranking Factors   1000  

 

Kentucky State Factors (40% of Total Points)
Parcel Name: _________________________

County: _________________ Entity: _____________
 

Ranking Factor and Scaling

Response

Max. Points Points
1. Offered parcel is what percentage of landowner’s contiguous land holdings
     § 1 point for every percent being offered
  100  
2. Percent of offer actively being farmed
     § 1 point for every percent being offered
  100  
3. Length of public road frontage
     § 200 points for greater than 1,000 feet
     § 120 points for 501 to 1,000 feet
     §   40 points for 200 to 500 feet
     §    0 points for less than 300 feet
  200  
4. Parcel is in a Certified Agricultural District (per KRS 262.850)
     § 75 points for “yes”
     §  0 points for “no”
  75  
5. Parcel rank based on entity ranking criteria
     § 150 points for Number 1 Entity Ranking
     § 125 points for Number 2 Entity Ranking
     § 100 points for Number 3 Entity Ranking
     §  75 points for Number 4 Entity Ranking
     §  50 points for Number 5 Entity Ranking
     §    0 points for Number 6 Entity Ranking or greater (lower priority)
  150  
6. Parcel is in an identified state focus area, rural greenway, designated scenic byway, or other environmentally sensitive/natural protection area
     § 75 points for “yes”
     §  0 points for “no”
  75  
7. Parcel has historic or cultural resources or other special features beneficial to preserve (Note: No points will be awarded for this factor if Historical/Archaeological status was used for basic FRPP eligibility.)
     § 75 points if on National or State Historic Register
     § 50 points if eligible for Register or if other special feature identified
     §  0 points for “no”
  75  
8. Entity is requesting FRPP in an amount less than 50% of the appraised fair market value (AFMV) of the easement.
     § 2 points for every percentage less than 50% of AFMV
     § 0 points for requesting 50% of AFMV
  100  
Total Points for State Ranking Factors   875  


SCORE:
Total National Points = ___________  x 0.60 factor = __________
Total State Points = ___________  x 0.40 factor = __________
TOTAL SCORE = __________

NOTE: NRCS reserves the right to correct any errors found on the ranking sheet.