NJ Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP): Agricultural Land Easement (ALE)

USDA: Natural Resources Conservation Service of New Jersey

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Anticipated deadline: Apr 17, 2020

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program

Location of project: New Jersey

Location of residency: New Jersey

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The Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), Agricultural Land Easement (ALE) component is a voluntary program that provides an opportunity for eligible partners to receive financial assistance to purchase agricultural land easements targeted at working agricultural lands. These perpetual easements prevent productive working lands from being converted to non-agricultural uses and maximize protection of land devoted to food production. 

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.

To enroll land through agricultural land easements, NRCS enters into cooperative agreements with eligible partners.NRCS in New Jersey has partnered with the following eligible entities to preserve over 200 agricultural lands in New Jersey through the Farm and Ranchland Protection Program (FRPP) and the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP): 

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Eligible cooperating entities must:
    • Be committed to long-term conservation of agricultural lands 
    • Be capable of acquiring, managing, and enforcing easements
    • Have sufficient staff dedicated to monitoring and easement stewardship
    • Have available funds for acquisition, monitoring, and stewardship
    • Be a State or local government, or non-governmental/non-profit organization that has a farmland or grassland protection program
  • Eligible lands include:
    • cropland,
    • grassland,
    • pastureland, and 
    • nonindustrial private forestland.
  • Each easement is required to have an agricultural land easement plan that promotes the long-term viability of the land.