The Agricultural Act of 2014 establishes the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP).
It repeals FRPP, GRP, and WRP but does not affect the validity or terms of any FRPP, GRP, or WRP contract, agreement or easement entered into prior to the date of enactment on February 7, 2014 or any associated payments required to be made in connection with an existing FRPP, GRP, or WRP contract, agreement or easement.
Applications are accepted year-round, but are ranked and funded periodically. Contact your local NRCS office to apply.
The Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) is a voluntary program that provides technical and financial assistance to private landowners to restore, protect and enhance wetlands in exchange for retiring eligible land from agriculture.
With WRP landowners can:
receive compensation for conservation easements and/or wetland restoration
eliminate the difficulties of farming wet marginal land
provide water quality improvements, wildlife habitat and more
NRCS will provide compensation for part of the cost of establishing and maintaining conservation practices that enhance and improve wildlife habitat and restoring natural ecosystems.