New York State Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) - Agricultural Land Easements (ALE)

Natural Resources Conservation Service - New York


Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Anticipated deadline: Feb 23, 2019

Applicant type: Government Entity Indigenous Group Nonprofit

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program

Location of project: New York

Location of residency: New York

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Overview:

The Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) consolidates three former programs: Wetlands Reserve Program, Grassland Reserve Program and Farm and Ranch Land Protection Program. The Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) provides financial and technical assistance to help conserve agricultural lands and wetlands and their related benefits.


Agricultural Land Easements

NRCS provides financial assistance to eligible partners for purchasing ACEP - ALEs 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.

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. To enroll land through agricultural land easements, NRCS enters into cooperative agreements with eligible partners. Each easement is required to have an agricultural land easement plan that promotes the long-term viability of the land.

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Eligibility:

  • Applicants of ACEP-ALE must establish Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) eligibility through the Farm Service Agency (FSA), and Conservation Compliance through NRCS.
  • 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.
  • Land eligible for agricultural easements includes:
    • cropland
    • rangeland
    • grassland
    • pastureland and
    • nonindustrial private forest land.
  • See the ACEP manual for complete requirements.

Preferences:

  • 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.