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Grants to Oregon Agencies, Organizations, Tribes, and Landowners for Land Conservation Efforts

Agricultural Conservation Easement Program - Agricultural Land Easements (ACEP-ALE)


Agency
Federal

GrantWatch ID#
164230

Funding Source
U.S. Department Of Agriculture (USDA) - Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Oregon

Important Dates
Deadline: 12/15/23 5:00 PM PST Receipt Save

Grant Description
Grants to Oregon government agencies, non-governmental organizations, tribes, and landowners for land conservation efforts. Funding is intended to protect agricultural land and prevent it from being used for non-agricultural purposes. Eligible lands for agricultural easements include cropland, rangeland, grassland, pastureland, and nonindustrial private forest land.

The Agricultural Land Easements component of the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program protects the long-term viability of the nation’s food supply by preventing conversion of productive working lands to non-agricultural uses. Land protected by agricultural land easements provides additional public benefits, including environmental quality, historic preservation, wildlife habitat and protection of open space. Additionally, Agricultural Land Easements leverage local partnerships to match NRCS funding and local partners are responsible for the long-term stewardship of the easement.

Land eligible for agricultural easements includes private or Tribal land that is agricultural land, cropland, rangeland, grassland, pastureland and nonindustrial private forest land. 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, including land on a farm or ranch.

NRCS provides financial assistance to eligible partners for purchasing Agricultural Land Easements that protect the agricultural use and conservation values of eligible land.

For working farms, the program helps farmers and ranchers keep their land in agriculture. Under the Agricultural Land Easement component, NRCS may contribute up to 50 percent of the fair market value of the agricultural land easement.

The program also protects grazing uses and related conservation values by conserving grassland, including rangeland, pastureland and shrubland. 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.

Agricultural Land Easements are permanent or for the maximum term allowed by law.



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Additional Eligibility Criteria
Who is eligible?
- Eligible partners include American Indian tribes, state and local governments and non-governmental organizations that have farmland, rangeland or grassland protection programs.
- Eligible landowners include owners of privately held land including land that is held by tribes and tribal members.
- All landowners, including required members of landowner-legal entities, must meet adjusted gross income (AGI) limitations and must be compliant with the HEL/WC provisions of the Food Security Act of 1985.

Pre-Application Information
Apply by: December 15, 2023

Parcel applications must be received by 5:00 PM PST on the application batching date to be considered for funding in FY 2023.

To get started with NRCS, it is recommended you stop by your local NRCS field office to discuss your vision for your land. NRCS provides landowners with free technical assistance, or advice, for their land. Common technical assistance includes: resource assessment, practice design and resource monitoring. Your conservation planner will help you determine if financial assistance is right for you.

To be eligible for USDA-NRCS program funds, everyone involved in the application and listed on the deed must have records with USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) and meet ACEP program eligibility requirements. This includes the applicant organization, landowners, and landowner entity members. Establishing USDA records with FSA may take a significant amount of time (>120 days). Therefore, applicants are encouraged to begin this process as soon as possible.

All eligible entity applicants and all prospective co-holders must have an active DUNS/SAM registration.

Further information: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs-initiatives/ale-agricultural-land-easements

ACEP-ALE for Entities: https://farmlandinfo.org/acep-ale-for-entities/

Contact Information
Please submit completed applications to:

USPS, UPS, or FedEx:
Attention: Easement Programs
United States Dept of Agriculture
Natural Resources Conservation Service
1201 Lloyd Blvd, Suite 900
Portland, Oregon 97232

Email (preferred):
To: eric.moeggenberg@usda.gov
Cc: erin.kaczmarczk@usda.gov
Subject: Entity Name_FY23 Parcel Application_1 of X

For assistance on completing the Parcel Application for RCPP ALE, please contact the Oregon Regional Conservation Partnership Program Coordinator – Tom Miewald – at tom.miewald@usda.gov.

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