Friday, June 17, 2022

NRCS-PA Now Accepting Applications For Farmland Preservation Grants In Chesapeake Bay Watershed

The USDA’s
Natural Resources Conservation Service in Pennsylvania now has $1.5 million in funding available through the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) to help state and local agencies and land trusts protect agricultural lands and wetlands within the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

The deadline for applications is August 16.

“For over 25 years, NRCS has worked with landowners to protect Pennsylvania’s prime farmlands,” said State Conservationist Denise Coleman. “Conservation easements are important tools for people who are trying to maintain agricultural viability, improve soil health, water and air quality, and wildlife habitat on their land.”

Funding is available for the Agricultural Land Easement (ALE) program. Through ACEP ALE, NRCS provides funds to eligible entities to purchase permanent easements on private agricultural lands. 

This program helps keep working lands working, especially in areas experiencing urban and suburban development pressure. 

For ALE, $1,315,900.00 in funding is available for cooperating/partner entities to acquire conservation easements.

Click Here for more information on the program.

Partners interested in agricultural land easements should contact Hathaway Jones, Easement Coordinator at: 717-237-2100 or send email to:

Visit the NRCS-PA webpage for more information on assistance available to landowners.

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-- Preparations Underway For Penn State’s 2022 Ag Progress Days August 9-11 

[Posted: June 17, 2022]  PA Environment Digest

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