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Agriculture Conservation Easement Program from USDA/NRCS

Kavanaugh Breazeale
601.965.5205 EXT 134

Agriculture Conservation Easement Program from USDA/NRCS

Jackson, Miss. – The United States Department of Agriculture / Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications for the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP).  ACEP provides financial and technical assistance to landowners and Native American Tribes with conservation efforts on agricultural lands and wetlands. The application deadline to be considered for fiscal year 2017 funding is February 24, 2017.

ACEP consists of two separate components, the Agricultural Land Easement (ALE) option and the Wetland Reserve Easement (WRE) option. These options are tailored to benefit different land types that meet specific qualifications and are cost effective.

The ALE component is geared to protect agricultural lands devoted to food production from conversion into non-agricultural uses.  The WRE component aims to restore, enhance and protect wetlands through the purchase of a wetlands reserve easement. Both programs assist in improving wildlife habitat.

Applications for all NRCS financial-assistance programs are accepted on a continuous sign-up process, however specific sign-up deadlines are established to rank, contract and fund qualified tracts of land. The final deadline for consideration in the fiscal year 2017 funding period for ACEP is February 24, 2017.

Landowners, Non-Government Organizations, and Native American Tribes interested in participating in ACEP should visit the nearest USDA Service Center for more information.

To locate your local service center, visit For more information, visit our website at Applications are available at GetStarted.