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Application cut-off dates for Farm and Ranch Land Protection Program set for March 7 and April 11, 2014

Contact:
Monica Hoover, FRPP Program Coordinator
(360) 704-7784


SPOKANE, Wash. (Jan. 22, 2014) – USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced two application cut-off dates for the Farm and Ranch Land Protection Program – March 7 and April 11, 2014.

FRPP provides matching funds to eligible partner entities to help preserve farm or ranch land and cultural resources. The program offers a way to keep prime farmland in agriculture use and, at the same time, keep farming and ranching communities thriving by relieving development pressures.

Under the program, 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.

“The Farm and Ranch Land Protection Program provides the perfect opportunity for partners to come together with NRCS to preserve valuable farm and ranch land in our local communities,” said Jeff Harlow, Assistant State Conservationist for Programs.

NRCS is seeking proposals from eligible local, state and federally recognized tribal governments and non-governmental organizations interested in working together to acquire conservation easements on farms and ranches.  An eligible governmental or non-governmental entity must have an established farmland protection program and meet the other entity requirements.

FRPP is offered on a continuous sign-up basis; however, interested parties should contact NRCS program coordinator, Monica Hoover at (360) 704-7784, before the application deadlines, March 7 and April 11, 2014 to apply for 2014 funding.

Learn more about FRPP by visiting the NRCS website.

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