The Natural Resources Conservation Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture sent the following information Feb. 3, re the conservation easement program:
For Immediate Release
Contact: Renee Bodine, 352-514-8292
2020 Ag Land Conservation Easement Signup Announced
GAINESVILLE, Fla., Feb. 3, 2020 – Applications to fund agricultural easements in Florida are now being accepted until March 6.
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (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.
Contact Crenel Francis at 352-338-9508 for questions and submissions.