FRPP application deadline announced; Feb. 1 set as deadline
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service announced an application deadline of Feb. 1, 2010 for Fiscal Year 2010 funding of the Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program. The NRCS State Conservationist Janet Oertly, reminds landowners and entities in the program that the 2008 farm bill provided for a continuous sign-up to allow eligible entities more opportunities to sign-up eligible parcels.
The FRPP is a voluntary program that helps farmers and ranchers keep their land in agriculture and prevents conversion of agricultural land to nonagricultural uses, particularly from being developed. The program provides matching funds to State, Tribal, and local governments and nongovernmental organizations with existing farmland protection programs to purchase conservation easements. Nationally, FRPP has enrolled over 620,000 acres on 3,100 farms and ranches since Congress first authorized the program in 1996.
Eligible entities are State, Tribal, or local governments and nongovernment organizations that meet specific requirements. The entities must have an established farm and ranch land protection program, have the authority to hold and manage easements; have the capacity to acquire, manage, and enforce the easements; and a pending offer on eligible land.
Land proposed for funding in FRPP must meet one of three eligibility categories: contain at least fifty percent prime and unique farmland soils and soils of Statewide and local importance; contain historic or archeological resources; or contain land that supports the farm and ranch land protection policies of state or local programs. Owners of the parcels must have an adjusted gross income of less than one million dollars and be in compliance with the USDA highly erodible land and wetland compliance requirements.
For further information or applications, contact Sara Thompson, FRPP program coordinator, at 605-352-1281 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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