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Farm and Ranchlands Protection Program (FRPP)

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The Farm and Ranch Protection Program's (FRPP) goal is to facilitate and provide funding for the purchase of conservation easements or other interests in land for the purpose of protecting the agricultural use and related conservation values by limiting nonagricultural uses of the land. NRCS works through eligible entities and provides funds to pay for up to 50 percent of the fair market value of the easement.

2013 Farm Bill Information Coming Soon!

Eligibility

Land eligibility requirements (not all listed):

Land must be privately owned, and

  •  Contain at least 50 percent prime, unique, statewide or locally important farmland or contain historical or archeological resources or land that furthers a State or local policy that is consistent with FRPP purpose, 
  • Be subject to a pending offer by an eligible entity, 
  • Be cropland, grassland, pasture land or forest land (forest land not more two-thirds of easement) that contributes to the viability of an agricultural operation or serves as a buffer to protect an agricultural operation from development.

 Other program requirements (not all listed):

  • Landowner is responsible for complying with highly erodible land and wetland conservation and meeting the Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) limitations.
  • A conservation plan must be developed before the easement goes to closing. 
  • Entity must provide proof of matching funds for easement acquisition.

Appraisals and Technical Reviews

Appraisals conducted for parcels that will receive FRPP funding must be completed according to NRCS policy.  FRPP policy Part 519.102, provides instructions and describes in detail requirements for appraisals to meet NRCS policy.  Appraisals must meet either UASFLA or USPAP standards and must be in Self-Contained Report format.  No other appraisal format will be accepted by NRCS for the FRPP program.  In addition, the appraisal effective date must be within twelve months of the closing date with the landowner and within twelve months of the date of NRCS reimbursement.  NRCS will return to the entity all appraisals that have an effective date older than twelve months and that are not in Self-Contained report format.

All appraisal reports are subject to a technical appraisal review conducted for compliance with appraisal instructions prior to acceptance by NRCS.  Upon receiving an adequate appraisal from an entity, NRCS will submit the appraisal for Technical Review.  Part 519.102 describes in detail the requirements and format for the Technical Review of FRPP appraisals. 

NRCS FRPP appraisal policy has changed from program year to program year.  See the link below summarizing FRPP appraisal rules for current and prior year cooperative agreements.

FRPP Appraisal Rules Comparison Table 

Applying for the FRPP Program

Interested landowners must work through an eligible entity and submit applications to the:
Pennsylvania USDA-NRCS State Office
One Credit Union Place, Suite 340
Harrisburg, PA 17110-2993 

Entities can submit applications at any time. NRCS will accept and rank applications monthly until funds are expended.  Unfunded applications can be retained for the next funding cycle.

NOTE: FRPP funds cannot be matched with any other Federal funds.

2013 FRPP Forms and Information: 

The following is a list of the INFORMATION and FORMS need to signup for FRPP. FRPP information and forms are available online at USDA Service Center Agencies eForms or at a local USDA Service Center.

  For completion by entity!

Form Number

Form Description

 SF-424

 Fillable Application

 SF-424A

 Budget Non Construction

 SF-424B

 Assurances - Non-Construction Programs

  For completion by Landowner!

Form Number

Form Description

 NRCS-CPA-1200

 Conservation Program Application

NRCS use only!

Form Number

Form Description

 

 Application Support Information - Coming Soon!

 

 Parcel Eligibility and Ranking Form - Coming Soon!

  • 2013 Program Announcement - Coming Soon!

  • FRPP Manual (Follow the link to Electronic Directives System home page http://policy.nrcs.usda.gov/. From the navigation on the left select Manuals, then select Title 440 - Programs, then scroll down and select Part 519 - Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program.

Cooperative Agreement Templates

The Cooperative Agreement Templates are listed below: 

 Non-certified Entity Agreement (PDF, 162KB)    

 

  • Program Contacts

    Gary Smith
    Assistant State Conservationist for Operations
    (717) 237-2204

    Hathaway Jones
    Management Analyst
    (717) 237-2210