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Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program

The Farm and Ranch Land Protection Program (FRPP) provides matching funds to help purchase development rights to keep productive farm and ranch land in agricultural uses. Working through existing programs, USDA partners with State, tribal, or local governments and non-governmental organizations to acquire conservation easements or other interests in land from landowners. USDA provides up to 50 percent of the fair market easement value of the conservation easement.

To qualify, farmland must be, or have:

  • part of a pending offer from a State, tribe, or local farmland protection program
  • be privately owned
  • a conservation plan for highly erodible land
  • large enough to sustain agricultural production
  • accessible to markets for what the land produces
  • adequate infrastructure and agricultural support services
  • surrounding parcels of land that can support long-term agricultural production

There is a continuous, year-round sign-up for the program.  However, applications submitted by February 1, 2014 will be considered for funding in Fiscal Year 2014. Applications submitted after February 1, 2014 will be held for Fiscal Year 2015 funding consideration.

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Contact Person:  Lance Gorham, 207-990-9501, or email lance.gorham@me.usda.gov.