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USDA's Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program accepting applications for 2014 funding

 

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LEXINGTON, Ky. – USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Kentucky will accept applications from entities for the Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRPP) through Feb. 21, 2014.  Applications submitted after this date will be held for the next funding consideration and ranking, likely in federal fiscal year 2015. NRCS does not accept applications directly from individual landowners for this program. Landowners must work through an approved entity to participate in FRPP.

 

NRCS administers the program that has protected more than 2 million acres ofthe nation’s most valuable lands for the production of food, feed and fiber since 1996. In Kentucky, FRPP funds have helped purchase 191 conservation easements on over 32,000 acres and will help secure six more in the near future.  Several of the protected farms have been of historical and/or archaeological importance including a civil war battlefield.  

The amount available for this program in Kentucky for 2014 is approximately $1.7 million. This program provides matching funds to organizations to purchase conservation easements on private working lands.

Interested entities must complete information regarding the Kentucky 2014 FRPP funding and application process by visiting http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/ky/programs/easements/farmranch/.

Detailed information on submitting the application can be found at the same Web location.

For program related questions, contact Marcia Kelly, resource conservationist with NRCS in Kentucky, at marcia.kelly@ky.usda.gov or (859) 224-7444.