Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRPP) Entity Certification


cowsEntity Certification Eases Application Process

The Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program is making it easier for state, tribal local governments and non-governmental organizations to enroll land in conservation easements through advanced certification. The benefits of getting certified include being able to enter into longer term cooperative agreements and conduct property closings without prior submission of individual appraisals, deeds or title documents for NRCS review. Organizations must hold, manage and monitor a minimum of five of the program’s conservation easements to qualify for certification.

How do partnering entities become certified?

Organizations, tribes or agencies submit a letter of request and application materials to the Florida NRCS State Conservationist, NRCS State Office, 2614 NW 43rd Street, Gainesville, FL 32606. Requests for certification are accepted continually, with deadlines established throughout the year when panels will convene to review them. 

Application Materials

Letter to Entity on Certification (PDF)

Certification Checklist (PDF)

Criteria website

Certification Policy website

Need more information?

Florida Program Contacts:

Roney Gutierrez, Assistant State Conservationist for Easement Programs, 352-338-9502.

Nina Bhattacharyya, Natural Resources Specialist, FRPP Program Manager, 352-338-9554.