Michigan ACEP: Agricultural Land Easements (ALE)
USDA: Natural Resources Conservation Service of MichiganSuggest an update
Grant amount: Unspecified amount
Anticipated deadline: Apr 26, 2020
Applicant type: Government Entity Indigenous Group Nonprofit
Funding uses: Project / Program
Location of project: Michigan
Location of residency: MichiganView website Save Need help writing this grant?
Agricultural Conservation Easement Program
The Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) provides financial and technical assistance to help conserve agricultural lands and wetlands and their related benefits.. Under the Agricultural Land Easements component, NRCS helps Indian tribes, state and local governments and non-governmental organizations protect working agricultural lands and limit non-agricultural uses of the land. Under the Wetlands Reserve Easements component, NRCS helps to restore, protect and enhance enrolled wetlands.
Agricultural Land Easements protect the long-term viability of the nation’s food supply by preventing conversion of productive working lands to non-agricultural uses. Land protected by agricultural land easements provides additional public benefits, including environmental quality, historic preservation, wildlife habitat and protection of open space.
Agricultural Land Easements
NRCS provides financial assistance to eligible partners for purchasing Agricultural Land Easements that protect the agricultural use and conservation values of eligible land. In the case of working farms, the program helps farmers and ranchers keep their land in agriculture. The program also protects grazing uses and related conservation values by conserving grassland, including rangeland, pastureland and shrubland. Eligible partners include Indian tribes, state and local governments and non-governmental organizations that have farmland or grassland protection programs.
To enroll land through agricultural land easements, NRCS enters into cooperative agreements with eligible partners.
To enroll land through agricultural land easements, eligible partners may submit proposals to NRCS to acquire conservation easements on eligible land.
You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.
- Land eligible for agricultural easements includes cropland, rangeland, grassland, pastureland and nonindustrial private forest land.
- Each easement is required to have an agricultural land easement plan that promotes the long-term viability of the land.
- Under the Agricultural Land component, NRCS may contribute up to 50 percent of the fair market value of the agricultural land easement.
- Where NRCS determines that grasslands of special environmental significance will be protected, NRCS may contribute up to 75 percent of the fair market value of the agricultural land easement.
- NRCS will prioritize applications that protect agricultural uses and related conservation values of the land and those that maximize the protection of contiguous acres devoted to agricultural use.
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