Conversion of farm and ranch land to non-agricultural uses has accelerated over the past decade. Michigan currently ranks 9th in the nation for amount of farmland converted. The Farm & Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRPP) provides federal funding to states, local units of government, non-governmental organizations and federally recognized Indian Tribes to share in the cost of purchasing conservation easements. The purpose of the FRPP program is to protect the agricultural use and related conservation values of eligible land by limiting non-agricultural uses. Land eligible for FRPP funding must be privately owned land on a farm or ranch that contains one of the following:
Prime, unique or statewide important soil
Historical or archaeological resources
Land that furthers the policy of a state or local farmland protection program
FRPP: Lessons Learned
With the repeal of the Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRPP) under the new Farm Bill of 2014, NRCS has been approached by organizations interested in hosting a meeting or series of meetings to discuss lessons learned through FRPP under the 2008 Farm Bill.
NRCS looks forward to meeting with partners and stakeholders at meetings that will be hosted by national, regional, state, or local land conservation organizations to exchange information about FRPP under the 2008 Farm Bill and how we can better administer the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program under the 2014 Farm Bill.
NRCS hopes to learn from participants what worked and what did not work in our efforts to preserve the agricultural use of farm and ranch land through implementation of FRPP. NRCS will post invitation(s) from the Hosts of these meeting on its FRPP webpage and is willing to attend similar meetings in the future.
NRCS will not obtain the participant’s consensus advice at these sessions, as attempting to obtain consensus advice or recommendations could possibly trigger the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA).
Applications for FRPP funding are accepted on a continual basis from eligible entities. Individual landowners cannot apply to enroll land in FRPP, landowners should contact a local or statewide farmland protection program. Applicants should complete the Application Pre-assessment Tool, Application, Ranking Form and the Application Checklist (downloadable forms are linked below). All eligible applications will be ranked and selected in order of ranking and funding availability.