California Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program Sign-up Announced
Application deadline is set for February 15
DAVIS, Calif., Dec 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Proposals for 2010 funding consideration under the Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRPP) are being accepted until February 15, 2010. This voluntary program assists eligible farm and ranch entities to purchase conservation easements that ensure agricultural lands remain in production and are not subdivided.
The Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRPP) is administered by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). While each fiscal year has its deadlines for annual funding consideration, the 2008 Farm Bill allows for sign-up on a continuous basis.
Entities eligible to apply include state, tribal or local governments, as well as non-government organizations that meet specific requirements. The entity must have an established farm and ranch land protection program; the authority to hold and manage easements; the capacity to acquire, manage, and enforce an easement; and necessary funds to match the Federal contribution.
The FRPP can only provide up to 50 percent of the appraised fair market value of a farm’s easement. There are numerous criteria for determining the value, productivity and historical importance of the land. To learn more and determine if both the land and the sponsoring entity meet all criteria, review the application and ranking information at www.ca.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/frpp.html.
The highest-quality parcels will be selected for funding to the extent FRPP resources are available. Ranking and selection of parcels will take place immediately after the February 15, sign-up, and funds will be obligated by April 1, 2010. For further information contact Jessica Groves, Easement Programs Specialist, at 530-792-5604 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOURCE USDA – Natural Resources Conservation Service