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Farmland Protection Program

Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program

The Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRPP) provides matching funds to help purchase development rights to keep productive farm and ranch lands 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.  The USDA provides up to 50 percent of the fair market easement value.

To qualify, farmland must:  be part of a pending offer from a state, Tribe, or local farmland protection program; be privately owned; have a conservation plan for highly erodible land; be large enough to sustain agricultural production; be accessible to markets for what the land produces; have adequate infrastructure and agricultural support services; and have surrounding parcels of land that can support long-term agricultural production.  Applications can be submitted by eligible entities to the South Dakota NRCS State Office continuously. 


FRPP Application (PDF; 41.4 KB)
FRPP Eligibility and Ranking Worksheet (PDF; 54.2 KB)
Interim Final Rule (PDF; 105 KB)

Information from the 2002 Farm Bill

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Fact Sheet (PDF; 46.83 KB)

Program Contact

Jeff VanderWilt, Assistant State Conservationist for Programs, 605-352-1226
Sara Thompson, Interdisciplinary Biologist, (605) 352-1281