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Agricultural Conservation Easement Program

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 Peter Gibbs
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Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) fact sheet

ACEP Fact Sheet (PDF; 1.4 MB)

Second Application Period Announced

New York NRCS is announcing a second application period for FY 2018 Agricultural Conservation Easement Program - Agricultural Land Easement (ACEP - ALE) enrollment. The application deadline is April 30th, 2018.

Through ACEP – ALE, NRCS provides funds to conservation partners to purchase conservation easements on private working lands. This program helps keep working lands working, especially in areas experiencing development pressure. The Easements are permanent. Eligible lands include privately owned cropland, rangeland, grassland, pastureland and forestlands.

Partners include state or local agencies, non-profits and tribes. Landowners continue to own their property but voluntarily enter into a legal agreement with a cooperating entity to purchase an easement.  The cooperating entity applies for matching funds from NRCS for the purchase of an easement from the landowner, permanently protecting its agricultural use and conservation values.  Landowners do not apply directly to NRCS for funding under this program, but rather through an eligible partner.

Visit the Eligibility and Applying for ACEP web page for application materials.

You may also e-mail Peter Gibbs, Easements Programs Manager, or call 315-477-6543 for more information regarding ACEP - WRE and ALE in New York.

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