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Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program for 2012

General Program Description

The Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRPP) is a voluntary program of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) whose purpose is to protect agricultural lands by limiting non-agricultural uses. NRCS partners with approved State, local, Tribal, and non-profit entities who arrange for the purchase of development rights through conservation easements on private lands. The entity holds and manages these conservation easements in perpetuity.

Rhode Island NRCS accepts applications from entities on a continuous basis throughout the year. The entity must be deemed eligible before any parcels submitted by that entity will be considered. All required parcel data must be included or the parcel will be rejected.

All funds will be used to reimburse the entities for up to 50 percent of the purchase price of the conservation easement on approved parcels. All parcels are ranked individually on their own merit. Funds will be awarded to the highest ranked eligible parcels through a statewide competitive process.

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2012 Announcement on Program Funding Application Deadline: February 10, 2012 (PDF, 36 KB)

Map of Rhode Island Prime Farmland Soil Loss by Development (PNG, 497 KB)

Application Submissions

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis throughout the year.  Due to the inclusion of personal and private information, no electronic submittals will be accepted. Applications should be marked "PRIVATE" and addressed to:

Michael Kenyon
FRPP Program Manager
60 Quaker Lane, Suite 40
Warwick, RI 02886

FRPP Program Contact

Michael Kenyon, FRPP Program Manager
phone: (401) 822-8821

Links to information on this Web site:
FRPP Information

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