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UPDATE Extended Batching Dates: Wyoming NRCS is Accepting Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) Agricultural Land Easements (ALE) and Wetland Reserve Easements (WRE)

NEWS RELEASE 

For Immediate Release

December 13, 2021

 

Contacts

Katie Vaporis

307-233-6760/Katelyn.Vaporis@usda.gov

UPDATE Extended Batching Dates:

Wyoming NRCS is Accepting Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) Agricultural Land Easements (ALE) and Wetland Reserve Easements (WRE)

ACEP-ALE and ACEP-WRE Applications Must be received by Wednesday, December 29, 2021 for the 2022 funding cycle

CASPER, Wyo, December 13, 2021 – USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Wyoming is accepting applications for enrollment into the ACEP ALE and WRE program during the 2022 funding cycle. ACEP is a voluntary Farm Bill program which provides financial assistance for conservation easements.  Producers interested in implementing conservation easements have until Wednesday, December 29, 2021 to submit applications for the 2022 funding cycle.

While Wyoming NRCS accepts applications year-round landowners should apply by the December 29th ranking date to be considered for this year’s funding. If you apply after the program ranking date, Wyoming NRCS will automatically consider your application during the next funding cycle. State-specific ranking dates for all programs can be found at https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/staterankingdates/.

Producers must have farm records current with the Farm Service Agency and submit a complete program application to NRCS to be considered for financial assistance through ACEP.

Under the ALE program, funds are provided to eligible entities that can use ACEP funding to purchase agricultural land easements that protect the agricultural use and conservation values of eligible land. Approved agricultural easements would prevent productive working agricultural lands from being converted to non-agricultural uses and maximize conservation of land devoted to food and fiber production. Cropland, grassland, pastureland, rangeland, and non-industrial private forestland are eligible.

Under the WRE program, funding is provided directly to landowners for the purchase of an easement, and for restoration. WRE’s would restore and enhance wetlands and improve wildlife habitat. Restoration funds are used to restore and enhance wetlands, improve habitat for migratory birds and other wildlife, improve water quality, reduce flood damage, and encourage outdoor education and recreation. Eligible lands include farmed or converted wetlands that can be successfully and cost-effectively restored.

ACEP – ALE applications are to be submitted to the Wyoming NRCS State Office, attention Katie Vaporis, by eligible entities.

ACEP – WRE applications are to be submitted to the local Field Office by the participant.

Please contact your local NRCS Field Office, or Katie Vaporis at (307) 233-6760 for more information.

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