Agriculture Conservation Easement Program from USDA/NRCS

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For Immediate Release

September 15, 2017

Contact: R. Kavanaugh Breazeale

Phone: (601)965.5205 ext. 134


Agriculture Conservation Easement Program from USDA/NRCS

Jackson, Miss. The United States Department of Agriculture / Natural

Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications for the

Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP).  ACEP provides financial

and technical assistance to landowners and Native American Tribes with

conservation efforts on agricultural lands and wetlands.


NRCS strives to help producers and landowners enact environmentally

friendly activities such as improving water and air quality, building healthier

soils, improving grazing and forest lands, enhancing organic operations and

conserving energy. ACEP consists of two separate components, the

Agricultural Land Easement (ALE) option and the Wetland Reserve Easement

(WRE) option. These options are tailored to benefit different land types that

meet specific qualifications and are cost effective.


The ALE component is geared to protect agricultural lands devoted to food

production from conversion into non-agricultural uses.  ALE works with eligible

partners such as conservation organizations, state and local governments to

share the easement costs.


The WRE component aims to restore, enhance and protect wetlands through

the purchase of a wetland reserve easement. WRE works with individual land

owners and land managers to cover the total restoration cost for a permanent

easement or up to 75% funding assistance on a 30 year easement.


Both programs ensure long term conservation of agricultural lands, either through

preservation of farming operations or restoring wetlands and improving wildlife



“The Agricultural Conservation Easement Program offers land owners and land

managers two options to protect agricultural lands and protect wetlands,” stated

Kurt Readus, NRCS state conservationist for Mississippi.  "This conservation

investment helps to improve environmental health and the natural resources of



Applications for all NRCS financial-assistance programs are accepted on a

continuous sign-up process, however specific sign-up deadlines are established

to rank, contract and fund qualified tracts of land. The deadline to sign-up to be

considered for consideration in ACEP’s fiscal year 2018 funding period is

October 27, 2017.


Landowners, Non-Government Organizations, and Native American Tribes

interested in participating in ACEP should visit the nearest USDA Service Center

for more information.


To locate your local service center,


For more information, visit our website at

Applications are available at GetStarted.



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