FRPP is a voluntary program to help farmers and ranchers preserve their agricultural land. The program provides matching funds to cooperating entities with farmland protection programs, such as State, Tribal, and local governments, and nongovernmental organizations such as land trusts. FRPP may provide up to 50 percent of the appraised fair market value of a conservation easement. Cooperating entities may apply for multiple properties under one FRPP application, but must have matching funds for each proposed property at the time of application.
NRCS in the Pacific Islands Area accepts applications for FRPP funding on a continuous basis throughout the year. However, to be considered for ranking and possible selection in Fiscal Year 2014, complete eligible applications must be received at the local NRCS office before the close of business on January 17, 2014. Applications received after this date will be held for a future ranking period.
By the end of 2011, The Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRPP) had enrolled 1,108,263 acres on 4,267 farms and ranches nationwide. The program targets a minimum of 50% prime, unique, and important farmland. Historically about three-fourths of the land enrolled meets that criteria.