Conservation Easement Program Applications Due May 15Conservation Easement Program Applications Due May 15https://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=102512015-04-03T09:16:00Z2015-04-03T00:00:00Z

TEMPLE (U.S. Department of Agriculture) – USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications for the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) through May 15.

The ACEP, created through the 2014 Farm Bill, funds easements for agricultural lands and wetlands. Approved agricultural easements would prevent productive working lands from being converted to nonagricultural uses and maximize protection of land devoted to food production. Cropland, rangeland, grassland, pastureland and nonindustrial private forestland are eligible.

Wetland reserve easements would restore and enhance wetlands and improve habitat. Eligible lands include farmed or converted wetlands that can be successfully and cost-effectively restored.

Agreements will be offered to approved applicants starting in late August.

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