Farm and Ranch Land Protection Program (FRPP) - FY 2013
Application cutoff date is April 19, 2013.
Applications must be received at the local NRCS office by April 19th to be
considered for ranking.
General Program Description
The Farm and Ranchland Protection Program (FRPP) is
a voluntary program of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) whose
purpose is to protect agricultural lands by limiting non-agricultural uses. NRCS
partners with approved state, local units of government, and certain non-profit
entities who arrange for the purchase of development rights through conservation
easements on private lands. The entity holds and manages these conservation
easements in perpetuity.
NRCS does not accept applications from individual
landowners for this program. Landowners must work through an approved entity to
participate in FRPP.
Entity Eligibility Criteria Parcel Eligibility
Any state or local unit of government, or qualified
non-profit organization can apply for FRPP funds by demonstrating:
A commitment to long-term conservation of
A capability to acquire, manage, and enforce
Sufficient staff dedicated to monitoring and
The availability of matching funds
Eligible entities who have parcels selected to
receive FRPP funding will sign an agreement with NRCS. Within 30 days of
agreement signing, the entity will be required to submit a draft easement deed
for NRCS approval.
Eligible land must:
Be privately owned
Meet at least one of the three following
Contain at least 50% prime, unique,
statewide, or locally important farmland
Contain historical or archaeological
Further a State or local policy consistent
with the purposes of the program
Be subject of a pending offer from the entity
Contain cropland, grassland, pasture land, or
forest land that contributes to the economic viability of an agricultural
Not include forest land of greater than
two-thirds of the easement
Possess on-site and off-site conditions which
will allow the easement to be effective in achieving the purposes of the
The eligibility of the land and the landowner for
each parcel must be established at the time the parcel is submitted for
Documents below require
For each parcel, the landowner's legal name and
contact information must be provided. An application form
NRCS-CPA-1200 (PDF, 131 KB) must be completed by the owner(s) of each parcel
and submitted by the entity as part of the application package. Additionally, a
CCC-901 (PDF, 258 KB)
Members Information form must be signed by the landowner and on file with the
Farm Service Agency (FSA).
The landowner must be compliant with Highly
Erodible and Wetland Conservation provisions of the 1985 Farm Bill, as amended.
A current AD-1026
(PDF, 159 KB) must be on file with FSA.
Landowners also must meet the adjusted gross income
limitation, earning less than $1 million in income for each of the past three
years, unless more than 66% of the total gross income was from farm income. A
current CCC-933 (PDF, 125 KB) must be on file with FSA.
Forest management plans are required on all parcels
with forest cover on greater than 10 acres or 10% of the easement area
(whichever is greater). If the parcel requires a forest management plan, a
certification by the landowner that such a plan will be completed prior to
closing is needed.
NRCS Parcel Ranking Process
As part of the
ranking and eligibility process, NRCS will complete a pre-acquisition database
search for hazardous materials on or near the parcel. In addition, NRCS will
conduct an on-site visit to determine the condition of the land. NRCS will also
interview the landowner to ensure that all FRPP requirements are understood and
that any information collected is accurate and complete.
As a condition for participation, NRCS will develop a conservation plan for all
Highly Erodible Land. To ensure compliance with the plan, the easement shall
grant to the U.S., through NRCS and its successor or assigns, a right of access
to the easement area.
Applications are accepted on a continuous basis throughout the year.
Interested entities must complete information regarding the Oregon FRPP and
application process which is found in the following document:
Documents below require
Acrobat Reader or
FRPP Process Flow Chart (PDF, 554 KB)
Entity and Parcel Application Packet
Oregon Parcel workbook (DOC, 67 KB)
Oregon Entity Workbook (DOC, 55 KB)
SF 424, Fillable
Entity Application (PDF, 124 KB)
SF 424a, Budget Non
Construction (PDF, 93 KB)
424b, Assurances (PDF, 121 KB)
FRPP Appraisal Specifications (PDF, 335 KB)
Due to the inclusion of personal and private information, no electronic
submittals will be accepted.
Applications should be marked "PRIVATE" and addressed to:
Oregon State Office
1201 NE Lloyd Blvd, Suite 900
Portland, OR 97232
National Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRPP) Guidance
Documents below require
2008 Farm Bill FRPP Manual Sept 2010 (2 MB PDF)
FRPP Farm Bill Manual Sept 2010 Appraisal Section and Exhibits (187 KB PDF)
FRPP Final Rule (138 KB PDF)
National FRPP (2008 Farm Bill) - Fact Sheet (45 KB PDF)
National FRPP (2008 Farm Bill) - Questions and Answers (43 KB PDF)
Easement Program Specialist
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