EAST LANSING, Feb. 28, 2019 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture encourages groups wanting to protect agricultural lands to consider enrolling in its Agricultural Conservation Easement Program. The current deadline for organizations to submit applications for the program is March 31, 2020.
The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service provides technical and financial assistance to help tribes, land trusts, and other groups protect agricultural lands through the purchase of permanent easements. Agricultural land easements purchased through the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program focus on conserving productive agricultural lands and grasslands. Landowners are compensated for enrolling their land in easements.
Land preservation organizations interested in enrolling in the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program should contact their local USDA Service Center. Individuals interested in enrolling land in an agricultural land easement should contact a local farmland preservation organization. More information about the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program and Agricultural Land Easements is available online at www.mi.nrcs.usda.gov.