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).
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.
Irrigated Crop GARC
Dry Crop GARC
FY2014 Montana State GARC County Groupings and Values for Land Use Categories within Each of the Groupings
Lincoln, Flathead, Sanders, Lake, Mineral, Missoula, Granite, Powell, Ravalli