Geographic Area Rate Cap Map 2013 WRP

The interim final rules and program manual for WRP allows for three different easement valuation methodologies: Area-Wide Market Analysis (AWMA)/appraisals, GARCs, or landowners offers. Montana NRCS has sought and obtained an AWMA for agricultural lands. The market analysis divided the state into 5 separate groupings (see map) and the following land use categories: irrigated cropland, non-irrigated cropland, and range/pasture. The following map and table depict and list the Montana state GARC values for land uses within each of the 5 groupings. Skip to table.

The GARCs will always be less than the fair market value of the land as determined by the AWMA because the landowner retains certain reserved rights (for example: title, undeveloped recreation, and the right to control access).

Geographic Area Rate Cap map for WRP 2013





These GARC values will be used to make easement offers for the WRP for Fiscal Year 2013. For permanent easements producers will receive 100 percent of the GARC value per acre. For 30-year easements and 30-year contracts, producers will receive 75 percent of the GARC value per acre. For Reserved Rights Grazing Pilot (RRGP) permanent easements producers will receive 75 percent of the GARC value per acre.

Group Counties Irrigated Crop GARC Dry Crop GARC Pasture/Range GARC
FY2013 Montana State GARC County Groupings and Values for Land Use Categories within Each of the Groupings
Grooup A Lincoln, Flathead, Sanders, Lake, Mineral, Missoula, Granite, Powell, Ravalli $3,408 per acre $2,315per acre $2,315per acre
Group B Beaverhead, Deer Lodge, Silver Bow, Jefferson, Broadwater, Madison, Gallatin, Park, Sweet Grass $2,835 per acre $1,310 per acre $1,796 per acre
Group C Glacier, Pondera, Teton, Judith Basin, Lewis and Clark, Cascade, Meagher, Toole, Liberty, Hill, Chouteau, Fergus, Blaine, Phillips, Valley, Richland, Dawson, Daniels, Sheridan, Roosevelt, Petroleum, Garfield, McCone $1,930 per acre $718 per acre $605 per acre
Group D Wheatland, Golden Valley, Musselshell, Stillwater, Carbon, Yellowstone $2,601 per acre $567 per acre $728 per acre
Group E Prairie, Treasure, Big Horn, Custer, Rosebud, Wibaux, Fallon, Carter, Powder River $2,210 per acre $495 per acre $449 per acre

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WRP Montana Geographic Area Rate Caps Map FY
2013 (PDF; 153KB)