Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program
FRPP: Protecting America's prime farmland.
The Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRPP) provides matching funds to help purchase development rights to keep productive farm and ranchland 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.
2014 FRPP Certification Round
The Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program is certifying eligible entities to participate in a streamlined acquisition process.
Who Can Apply
State, tribal, or local governments and non-governmental organizations, as well as other entities that become certified, have more flexibility and a shorter process to acquire easements. Certified organizations may enter into longer term cooperative agreements and conduct the program’s closings without prior submission of individual appraisals, deeds or title documents for NRCS review.
Apply By January 3, 2014
Entities may apply for certification by submitting a letter of request and application materials to the NRCS State Conservationist where they’re seeking certification at any time. Although this is a continuous process, applications must be received by January 3, 2014 to be considered at the next meeting of the certification panel.
Additional FRPP Information
Farmland Information Center
The Farmland Information Center is a public/private partnership between the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and American Farmland Trust (AFT), for people working to save farm and ranch land for agriculture.
Farmland Protection Directory - lists state and local programs that purchase agricultural conservation easements and land trusts that have reported an interest in protecting farm and ranch land for agriculture.
Impacts of the Federal Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program: An Assessment Based on Interviews with Participating Landowners - A joint project American Farmland Trust and the Center for Great Plains Studies of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln examines how the program improves agricultural viability, encourages on-farm conservation and helps farmers gain access to land.
Land Trust Alliance
NRCS Partners with Land Trust Alliance to provide training resources to FRPP partner entities
Land Trust Alliance press release | Application for LTA /NRCS partnership training resources (PDF, 23KB)
Land Trust Alliance Webinar, "FRPP Entity Certification"