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Agricultural Land Easements

Agricultural Land Easements

NRCS provides financial assistance to eligible partners for purchasing Agricultural Land Easements 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 Agricultural Land component, NRCS may contribute up to 50 percent of the fair market value of the agricultural land easement.

Below are the ACEP-ALE and RCPP-ALE forms and items needed from the Landowners and Farmland Protection Boards for processing of applications.  All applications must be complete before they can be considered in the current ranking period. 

Current Ranking Period - FY 2022                                             FY2022 ACEP and RCPP Ranking Criteria

Sign-up Period (Boards collect applications from Landowners)   Now
End of sign-up Period (FOs work with Eligible Entities and applicants to complete applications for ACEP ALE & RCPP ALE. All complete application packages due to the SO from Eligible Entities. Application submissions cannot be changed after this date.) Present November 19, 2021
FOs complete preliminary planning, onsite ranking, Landowner Disclosure Worksheet, HazMat Field Inspection Checklist, HazMat Landowner Interview, and enter all ACEP applications into the appropriate NRCS Business Tools (i.e., CD, CART, ProTracts, DMS). SO enters RCPP ALE NEST data. November 19, 2021 January 14, 2022
SO reviews onsite/CART ranking, preliminary due diligence, application materials, and NRCS Business Tools data, to assess for land and landowner eligibility on complete applications only. January 14, 2022 May 13, 2022

 

ACEP-ALE cost-share assistance is now available to eligible entities for the purchase of agricultural land easements through the new ALE-agreement mechanism that uses a combination of a new ACEP-ALE program agreement along with associated individual ACEP-ALE parcel cost-share contracts (Parcel Contract). The ACEP-ALE program agreement and Parcel Contract mechanisms are intended to simplify, streamline, and improve ACEP-ALE agreement administration, workload, fund management, and overall program delivery.

FY 2022 ACEP ALE TABLE OF CONTENTS

  Name Size Type Date of Form
1. ACEP-ALE Program Agreement (4-27-2021) 303 KB Word 4/21
2. ACEP-ALE Program Agreement - Exhibit 1 325 KB PDF 2/20
3. NRCS-CPA-1265 - Parcel Cost-Share Contract 283 KB PDF 2/20
4. NRCS-CPA-1265 - Appendix 921 KB PDF 2/20
5. NRCS-CPA-1266 - Schedule of Acquisition for Easements 434 KB PDF 2/20
6. NRCS-CPA-1267 - Modification of the Schedule of Acquisition for Easements 409 KB PDF 2/20
7. NRCS-CPA-1268 - Conservation Activity Approval and Payment Application for Acquisition of Easements 334 KB PDF 10/21
8. NRCS-CPA-230E - Statement to Confirm Matching Funds 386 KB PDF 10/21

 

The guidance provided here is in lieu of forthcoming guidance from NRCS National Headquarters (NHQ) specific to FY22 and therefore subject to possible updates. As such, updates to applications may be necessary at a later time. Be assured NRCS WV will work diligently to communicate any new requirements or procedures as effectively and efficiently as possible.

(Any changes to the Application Package will be highlighted below.  Please swap out the outdated information from the package with the new information below.)

ACEP-ALE & RCPP-ALE APPLICATION PACKET TABLE OF CONTENTS

  Name                                  Size Type Date of Form
1. WV FY22 ACEP Implementation Guidance 238 KB PDF 10/19/21
2. WV FY22 ALE Application Guidance 199 KB PDF 10/19/21
3a. NRCS-CPA-041 - Entity Application for Agricultural Land Easement (ALE) Agreements 313 KB PDF 2/20
3b. NRCS-CPA-041 - Entity Application for Agricultural Land Easement (ALE) Agreements - Directions 499 KB PDF 2/20
3c. NRCS-CPA-41 - RCPP-ALE Entity Application for Agricultural Land Easement (ALE) Agreements 313 KB PDF 2/20
3d. NRCS-CPA-41 - RCPP-ALE Entity Application for Agricultural Land Easement (ALE) Agreements - Directions 436 KB PDF 2/20
4a. NRCS-CPA-041A - Parcel Sheet for Entity Application for an Agricultural Land Easement Agreement 475 KB PDF 2/20
4b. NRCS-CPA-041A - Parcel Sheet for Entity Application for an Agricultural Land Easement Agreement - Directions 534 KB PDF 2/20
4c. NRCS-CPA-41A - RCPP-ALE Parcel Sheet for Entity Application for an Agricultural Land Easement Agreement 477 KB PDF 2/20
4d. NRCS-CPA-41A - RCPP-ALE Parcel Sheet for Entity Application for an Agricultural Land Easement Agreement - Directions 996 KB PDF 2/20
5. AD-1026: HEL and WC Certification (Submit to FSA) 219 KB PDF 10/30/14
6. CCC-941: AGI Information (Submit to FSA) 935 KB PDF 10/21
7. CCC-901: Members Information (Submit to FSA, if necessary) 3.33 MB PDF 1/21
8a. CCC-902E Farm Operating Plan for an Entity (Submit to FSA, if necessary) 4.78 MB PDF 1/21
8b. CCC-902E Continuation Sheet for Farm Operating Plan for an Entity (Submit to FSA, if necessary) 3.37 MB PDF 1/21
8c. CCC-902I Farm Operating Plan for an Individual 4.70 MB PDF 1/21
8d. CCC-902I Farm Operating Plan for an Individual - Short Form 4.70 MB PDF 1/21
9a. NRCS WV FY22 ACEP-ALE Matrix and Ranking Worksheet 230 KB XLS 10/21
9b. NRCS WV FY22 RCPP-ALE CB Matrix and Ranking Worksheet 1.1 257 KB XLS 11/21
9c. NRCS WV FY22 RCPP-ALE Soil Heath Matrix and Ranking Worksheet 1.4 260 KB XLS 11/21
10. ACEP ALE/WRE Landowner Eligibility Matrix 318 KB PDF 5/17
11. WV ACEP-ALE Sample Written Pending Offer 17 KB Word 8/25/17
12. Landowner Disclosure Worksheet (NRCS completes) 2.8 MB PDF 4/18
13. Hazardous Materials Landowner Interview (NRCS Completes) 82 KB PDF 5/17
14. Hazardous Materials Field Inspection Worksheet (NRCS Completes) 310 KB PDF 5/17
15. ACEP-ALE Farm Bill Fact Sheet 986 KB PDF 9/21

 

ACEP-ALE & RCPP-ALE AGREEMENT FORMS TABLE OF CONTENTS

  Name                                  Size Type Date of Form
1. ACEP-ALE FY19 SOW -reg 3yr 59 KB Word 6/24/19
2. Attachment A 50 KB Word 6/24/19
3. ALE Exhibits Pkg 1.71 MB PDF 6/24/19
4. AD_3030_1_1-V1.1 (1) 154 KB PDF 6/24/19
5. AD-3031 Assurances Regarding Felony 676 KB PDF 6/24/19
6. Certification-Regarding-Lobbying-061416 14 KB PDF 6/24/19
7. SF424_Application-Fed-Assist 318 KB PDF 6/24/19
8. SF424A-Budget-Info-Non-Construct 317 KB PDF 6/24/19
9. SF424B-Assurances-Non-Construct 116 KB PDF 6/24/19
10. SF-LLL-Disclosure-of-Lobbying 30 KB PDF 6/24/19

 

ACEP-ALE CLOSING FORMS TABLE OF CONTENTS

  Name                                  Size Type Date of Form
1. NRCS-CPA-230C: Statement to Confirm Matching Funds - Agricultural Conservation Easement Program - Agricultural Land Easement (ACEP-ALE) 2.40 MB PDF 5/17
2. SF-270: Request for Advance or Reimbursement 1.74 MB PDF 2/28/19
3. NRCS Closing Agent Requirements 197 KB PDF  
4. SF-1199A: Direct Deposit Sign-up Form 404 KB PDF 3/97
5a. NRCS-CPA-1236: Assignment of Payment 108 KB PDF 4/10
5b. NRCS-CPA-1236: Assignment of Payment Directions 116 KB PDF 4/10