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NRCS Starts Signup for Agriculture Land and Wetland Conservation Easements

For more information contact:
Greg Brinson
601-965-5205 ext. 2111
Jackson, Miss - The United States Department of Agricultural Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS) is now accepting applications for the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP).  The ACEP was created through the 2014 Farm Bill and combines NRCS' former Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program, Grassland Reserve Program and Wetland Reserve Program.
This program consists of two components.  the Agricultural Land Easement (ALE) and the Wetland Reserve Easement (WRE).  The ALE would prevent productive working lands from being converted to non-agricultural uses and maximize protection of land devoted to food production.  The WRE would restore and enhance wetlands and improve wildlife habitat.  Eligible WRE lands include farmed or converted wetlands that can be successfully and cost-effectively restored.
"This is an exciting new opportunity for even more people to get involved in conserving natural resources," said Mississippi State Conservationist, Kurt Readus.  "We encourage Indian Tribes, state and local governments, non-governmental organizations and private landowners to contact their local NRCS office to find out how to apply."
Applications are currently being accepted and can be obtained at your local field office.  Applications are also available at
Deadline for submission is June 6, 2014.

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