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Latest Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program Stories

2014-04-15 12:23:50

DAVIS, Calif., April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Private landowners interested in enhancing, restoring and protecting wetlands are encouraged to get their applications in soon. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in California has set May 15, 2014, as the deadline for considering projects for 2014 Wetland Reserve Easement (WRE) funding through the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). As part of WRE California NRCS is offering a wetlands...

2014-02-12 08:31:50

ANNAPOLIS, Md., Feb. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- American Farmland Trust (AFT) expressed its disappointment today in a proposal by Governor Martin O'Malley to cut funding for farmland protection in Maryland in half, said Jim Baird, Mid-Atlantic Office Director for AFT. "Until now, Gov. O'Malley has supported full funding for farmland protection in Maryland, however, we are disappointed his budget proposal this year includes $23 million in cuts for the state's agricultural easements...

2014-01-21 08:24:23

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The annual American Farmland Trust survey of state farm and ranch land protection programs shows a 19 percent increase in funding from 2011 to 2012, but funding levels are still 39 percent below where they were in 2008, according to Andrew McElwaine, President and CEO of AFT. "State budget cuts have hit agricultural land protection programs hard in the last five years, but our latest survey shows a very significant 19 percent...

2013-12-20 12:26:03

$6 million available to permanently protect farm and ranchlands throughout California DAVIS, Calif., Dec. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Land trusts and other eligible entities interested in permanently protecting farm or ranchlands in California are encouraged to get their applications in soon. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in California has set Feb. 14, 2014, as the deadline for accepting applications for the Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program...

2013-11-20 12:29:20

ALBANY, N.Y., Nov. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- In a keynote address before more than 225 attendees at the Harvesting Opportunities Conference in Albany Wednesday, Andrew McElwaine, President and CEO of the American Farmland, urged New York state officials to restart its efforts to protect farmland from development. "We are facing a global challenge to double food production by 2050," said McElwaine. "Yet, in this country we have been paving over the farmland needed for producing food...

2013-11-14 16:23:01

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y., Nov. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Two hundred farmers, public officials, food professionals, land trusts and citizens will be coming to Albany on November 20th to attend the Harvesting Opportunities In New York: Growing Local Food Economies and Protecting Farmland Conference organized by the American Farmland Trust. The one-day conference is designed to inspire and educate New Yorkers on ways to expand the state's farm economy, protect farmland and expand access...

2012-12-17 16:22:08

$4.3 million available for farmland conservation in California DAVIS, Calif., Dec. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in California has set Feb. 15, 2013, as the deadline for accepting applications for the Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRPP). "This program continues to offer private landowners the opportunity to protect farm and ranch lands in a way that keeps working land in production and preserves open space," said...

2012-01-06 14:10:00

$5.8 million available for grassland and farmland conservation programs in California DAVIS, Calif., Jan. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Private landowners interested in protecting their grassland or farmland with this year's funding are encouraged get their applications in soon. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in California has set Feb. 15, 2012, as the deadline for accepting applications for both the Grassland Reserve Program (GRP) and Farm and Ranch Lands...

2011-10-25 12:16:00

Approximately $20 million invested in local farm and ranch communities DAVIS, Calif., Oct. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) California State Office, with the California State Department of Conservation (DOC) and several farm and ranchland trusts, have had an historic year preserving 14 significant farms and ranches throughout Northern and Central California in 2011. NRCS and partners invested approximately $20 million in...

2011-09-08 13:00:00

STOCKTON, Calif., Sept. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Sitting in the middle of what is arguably the best walnut and cherry orchard land in the world is the Brandstad Farms. This highly productive land, located five miles east of Stockton, has been permanently preserved for agricultural production for future generations, the Central Valley Farmland Trust (CVFT) announced today. "This is a beautiful example of California's prime farmland," CVFT executive director Bill Martin said. "This...