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NRCS Announces Deadline for Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program

Salina, Kansas, February 15, 2013´┐ŻEric B. Banks, State Conservationist with U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced a March 15, 2013, deadline for landowners to apply for the Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRPP).

FRPP is a voluntary program that helps farmers preserve their agricultural land. The program provides matching funds to the following entities: state, tribal, or local governments and non-governmental organizations with existing farmland protection programs. The funds are used to purchase conservation easements that limit non-agricultural uses of the land. USDA provides up to 50 percent of the appraised fair market easement value of the conservation easement.

“In 2012, NRCS provided $1,666,462 in matching funds to enroll 6,882 acres in the Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program,” said Banks.

Eligible Lands

Eligible land must be privately owned farm or ranch lands; contain at least 50 percent prime, unique, statewide, or locally important farmland soils; have a historical or archaeological resource; or have land that supports the policy of a state or local farm and ranch lands protection program. The land must also be part of a pending offer by an eligible entity; have cropland, rangeland, grassland, pasture land, or forest land that contributes to the economic viability of an agricultural operation, or serves as a buffer to protect an agricultural operation from development.

Information Available

If you need more information about FRPP, visit the Kansas NRCS web page at or contact your local USDA Service Center (listed in the telephone book under United States Government or on the internet at Follow us on Twitter at @NRCS_Kansas.