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Eligible Entities Encouraged to Submit Proposals for Agricultural Land Conservation Projects

Amy Overstreet

Vermont NRCS Announces February 2, 2018, Deadline for Applications

COLCHESTER, November 6, 2017–USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist Vicky Drew encouraged eligible entities to submit applications through NRCS’ Agricultural Conservation Easement Program, Agricultural Land Easement (ACEP-ALE) program. Applications for agricultural land conservation projects are due to the NRCS State Office in Colchester by close of business February 2, 2018.

Agricultural land easements are designed for active working farms through a cooperative agreement with a cooperating entity, such as a land trust, sharing 50% of the easement purchase cost. Landowners work directly with entities to secure easements to protect land in perpetuity from development and subdivision. The program also protects grazing land by conserving grassland, rangeland, pastureland and shrubland.

Drew said, “Vermont has historically had a strong agricultural conservation easement program and to date our work with partners has helped conserve 72,000 acres of farmland through more than 390 easements.”

Details about the program and the forms needed to apply can be accessed here. 

Contact your local NRCS office to learn more about ACEP and other technical and financial assistance available through Vermont NRCS. To learn more about technical and financial assistance available through other NRCS programs nationally, visit or go to your local USDA Service Center.