Farmland Protection Sign-ups Announced
Applications due November 16, 2012 for funding consideration
MORGANTOWN, WV, September 21, 2012—State Conservationist Kevin Wickey, of the
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Natural Resources Conservation
Service, (NRCS) announced the fiscal year 2013 Farm and Ranch Lands Protection
Program (FRPP) sign up. Applications need to be submitted by close of business
on November 16, 2012 to NRCS State Office in Morgantown, WV.
The FRPP is a voluntary program that helps farmers preserve their agricultural
land. The program provides matching funds to state, or local governments, and
non-governmental organizations with existing farmland protection programs. The
funds are used to purchase conservation easements that limit non-agricultural
uses of the land.
USDA provides up to 50 percent of the appraised fair market value of the
conservation easement in the voluntary program. The landowner retains ownership
and continues to use the land for agricultural purposes.
Landowners interested in protecting their land should contact their local
Farmland Protection Board or NRCS office. Contact information for Farmland
Protection Boards is at
www.wvfarmlandprotection.org. Contact information for NRCS local offices can
be found at www.wv.nrcs.usda.gov
For further information, contact Bill O’Donnell, Assistant State Conservationist
for Programs at (304) 284-7543 or
USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. To file a complaint of
discrimination, write to USDA, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Office of
the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Stop
9410, Washington, DC 20250-9410, or call toll-free at (866) 632-9992 (English)
or (800) 877-8339 (TDD) or (866) 377-8642 (English Federal-relay) or (800)
845-6136 (Spanish Federal-relay).
||Public Affairs Specialist
1550 Earl Core Road, Suite 200,
Morgantown, WV 26505
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