USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Georgia reminds producers and landowners that signup for this year’s Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) is underway. In order to be considered for the fiscal year 2021 funding pool, applications must be submitted by Feb. 5, 2021.
Georgia State Conservationist, Terrance O. Rudolph, said, “With ACEP, NRCS can help different types of landowners find the conservation solution that works best for them. We encourage all groups – tribes, state and local governments, non-governmental organizations and private landowners – to contact their local NRCS office to find out if ACEP is right for them.”
ACEP, is a program that has two components, Agricultural Land Easements (ALE) and Wetlands Reserve Easements (WRE).
WRE applications are accepted directly from producers on eligible lands. These easements will restore and enhance wetlands and improve habitat. Eligible lands include farmed, prior converted or forested wetlands that can be successfully and cost-effectively restored.
Applications for ALE are accepted from eligible partners. These eligible entities may submit proposals to NRCS to acquire a conservation easement on eligible agricultural land. NRCS does not accept applications for ALE directly from producers.
For more information, contact your local USDA Service Center.