RI Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP): Agricultural Land Easements (ALE) Program

USDA: Natural Resources Conservation Service of Rhode Island

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Deadline: May 29, 2020

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Fields of work: Farmland Preservation

Applicant type: Indigenous Group, Government Entity, Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program

Location of project: Rhode Island

Location of residency: Rhode Island

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NOTE: Applications for Agricultural Land Easements (ALE) are accepted on a continuous basis throughout the year. The FY 2020 ranking date is May 29, 2020. All applications received by that date will be ranked to determine which applications will be funded.  

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. 

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. Each easement is required to have an agricultural land easement plan that promotes the long-term viability of the 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.
  • Eligible partners include:
    • Indian tribes,
    • state and local governments, 
    • non-governmental organizations that have farmland or grassland protection programs.


  • 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.