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Agricultural Land Easements (ALE)

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NRCS provides financial assistance to eligible partners for purchasing Agricultural Land Easements (ALE) that protect the agricultural use and conservation values of eligible land. In the case of working farms, the program helps farmers and ranchers keep their land in agriculture. The program also protects grazing uses and related conservation values by conserving grassland, including rangeland, pastureland and shrubland. Eligible partners include Indian tribes, state and local governments and non-governmental organizations that have farmland or grassland protection programs.

Under the ALE component, NRCS may contribute up to 50 percent of the fair market value of the agricultural land easement. Where NRCS determines that grasslands of special environmental significance will be protected, NRCS may contribute up to 75 percent of the fair market value of the agricultural land easement. The applicant will need to describe how the grassland offered for enrollment fits the definition of Grassland of Special Environmental Significance (ALE-GSS). Easement values for ALE are based on a fair market appraisal.

Land eligible for agricultural easements includes cropland, rangeland, grassland, pastureland and nonindustrial private forest land. NRCS will prioritize applications that protect agricultural uses and related conservation values of the land and those that maximize the protection of contiguous acres devoted to agricultural use.

To enroll land through Agricultural Land Easements, NRCS enters into cooperative agreements with eligible partners (tribes, state and local governments, and non-governmental organizations that have farm or grassland protection programs).

How to Apply

To enroll agricultural land easements, eligible partners must submit the respective applications listed below to the NRCS Oregon State Office.

Attention: Easement Programs
United States Dept of Agriculture
Natural Resources Conservation Service
1201 Lloyd Blvd, Suite 900
Portland, Oregon 97232

Application Forms & Supplemental Information

These documents require Acrobat Reader.  An alternative Word document is also available. 

Application Forms

  • ACEP-ALE Entity Application, NRCS-CPA-41 PDF / Word
  • ACEP-ALE Parcel Application, NRCS-CPA-41A PDF / Word
  • ACEP-ALE Ranking Pool PDF / Word
  • ACEP-ALE-GSS Ranking Pool PDF / Word

If “Cooperative Agreement” is selected on the NRCS-CPA-41, submit the following with the application

  • SF-424 Application for Federal Assistance PDF / Word
  • SF-424A Budget Information, Non Construction Programs PDF / Word
  • Certification Regarding Lobbying PDF / Word
  • SF-LLL Disclosure of Lobbying PDF / Word

Landowner Eligibility Documentation

  • AD-1026 Wetland and Highly Erodible Land Certification PDF / Word
  • CCC-941 Adjusted Gross Income Certification PDF /  Word
  • CCC-901 Entity Member's Information *For Land Owned by an Entity PDF / Word
  • Landowner Eligibility Matrix PDF / Word

Supplemental Information

Program Agreement Forms:

  • ACEP-ALE Program Agreement PDF / Word
  • ACEP-ALE Program Agreement Exhibit 1 Template PDF / Word
  • Form NRCS-CPA-1265, “ACEP-ALE Parcel Cost-Share Contract” PDF / Word
  • Form NRCS-CPA-1265 Appendix, “Appendix to the Form NRCS-CPA-1265 ACEP-ALE Parcel Cost-Share Contract” PDF / Word
  • Form NRCS-CPA-1266, “Schedule of Acquisition for Easements”  PDF / Word

Contact

Chris Chapa, Easement Program Specialist
Email: chris.chapa@usda.gov
Phone: 503-414-3248               

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