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

Grants to Oregon Nonprofits, Agencies, and
Tribes for the Conservation of Agricultural Land

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Oregon

Deadline Date:

03/01/18

Description:

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Grants to Oregon landowners, including state and local agencies, non-governmental organizations, and Native American tribes for conservation easements of agricultural land. Funding is intended to protect agricultural land and prevent it from conversion to non-agricultural purposes. Agricultural land easements protect the long-term viability of the nation’s food supply and provide additional public benefits, including environmental quality, historic preservation, wildlife habitat and protection of open space.

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides financial assistance to eligible partners for purchasing Agricultural Land Easements (ALE) 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. Eligible partners include Indian tribes, state and local governments and non-governmental organizations that have farmland or grassland protection programs.

Land eligible for agricultural easements includes 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.

To enroll land through Agricultural Land Easements, NRCS enters into cooperative agreements with eligible partners (tribes, state and local governments, and non-governmental organizations that have farm or grassland protection programs). Each easement is required to have an agricultural land easement plan that promotes the long-term viability of the land.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 164230

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible partners include Indian tribes, state and local governments and non-governmental organizations that have farmland or grassland protection programs. See Supporting Documents below for the Landowner Eligibility Matrix, Entity Member's Information, and other resources.

Under no circumstances may the eligible entity acquire its minimum cash contribution through additional cash contributions, payments, fees or loans paid by the landowner.

Pre-Application Information:

Next ACEP Sign-up Deadline: March 1, 2018

Landowners and entities interested in applying for a conservation easement can submit applications any time; however, NRCS announces application cut-off dates throughout the year.

Under the ALE 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.

For more information on matching contributions and waiver requirements, see the ACEP-ALE Matching Contribution and Waiver Information PDF Document in Suppporting Documents below.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit application to the NRCS Oregon State Office:

Attention: Assistant State Conservationist for Programs
United States Dept of Agriculture
Natural Resources Conservation Service
1201 Lloyd Blvd, Suite 900
Portland, Oregon 97232

Program Contacts:
Loren F. Unruh, Leader for Programs
(503) 414-3235
Loren.Unruh@or.usda.gov

Bari Williams, Easement Program Specialist
(503) 414-3226
bari.williams@or.usda.gov

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Oregon