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Ag Land Conservation Easement Signup Announced in Florida

Clint Thompson USDA-NASS

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USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Florida has announced applications to fund agricultural easements in the state are now being accepted. NRCS provides financial and technical assistance to conserve working lands and wetlands through two programs: Agricultural Land Easements and Wetland Reserve Easements. Although applications are accepted on a continuous basis, funding selections are typically made once a year.

Agricultural landowners and Indian tribes can apply for a Wetland Reserve Easement to restore wetlands, protect wildlife habitat and recharge groundwater on their property. Eligible landowners can enroll in a permanent or 30-year easement. NRCS provides financial assistance to conservation partners to purchase an Agricultural Land Easement that protects the agricultural use of cropland, rangeland, grassland, pastureland and nonindustrial private forestland.

For more information contact Crenel Francis at 352-338-9508 for questions and submissions, or contact your local NRCS office. Applications will be accepted until March 6, 2020.