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NRCS Announces Farmland Protection Funding

Ron Howard, Asst. State Conservationist for Easement Programs
(608) 662-4422 x 252

Madison, Wis–– The Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRPP) administered by the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), is accepting applications for funding for 2013.  Eligible entities must submit applications by March 29, 2013, to receive consideration for funding this year.

The program is designed to provide up to 50 percent of the funding to eligible entities, who in turn work with individual farm owners to purchase an agricultural easement to keep the prime farmland in agriculture.  Only eligible entities, such as State, Tribal, or local governments and non-government organizations, may apply for funding.  The entities must have an established farmland protection program, have the authority to hold and manage easements; and the funds to match the Federal contribution.   At least fifty percent of the appraised fair market value of the easement must be provided by the eligible entity.

Please note: interested entities should carefully review the appraisal specifications before submitting application packages.  Applications may be rejected if these specifications are not followed.

More information including the application forms, appraisal specifications and ranking criteria can be found on the Wisconsin NRCS website (  under Programs,  or contact the NRCS office at the USDA Service Center serving your county.


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