Agricultural Conservation Easement Program
The Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) combines NRCS's former Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program, Grassland Reserve Program and Wetlands Reserve Programs. The ACEP, created through the 2014 Farm Bill, funds easements for working agricultural lands and wetland reserves. ACEP is comprised of two components: Agricultural Land Easements (ALE) and Wetland Reserve Easements (WRE).
Agricultural Land Easements (ALE):
ALE easements would prevent productive working lands from being converted to non-agricultural uses and maximize protection of land devoted to food and fiber production. Cropland, rangeland, grassland, pastureland and nonindustrial private forestland are eligible.
Wetlands Reserve Easements (WRE):
WRE easements would restore and enhance wetlands and improve wildlife habitat. Eligible lands include farmed or converted wetlands that can be successfully and cost-effectively restored.
Information on the National NRCS Web Site
Prior-Year Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) Montana Archives
Archived Information on Former Easement Programs in Montana
The Agricultural Act of 2014 established the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). It repeals the Farm and Ranch Land Protection Program (FRPP), the Grassland Reserve Program (GRP), and the Wetlands Reserve Program (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.
Lisa McCauley, Program Specialist