Public Service Announcement
Funding for Land Easements on Farmland Available
Snohomish Conservation District is pleased to announce that one million dollars is now available to develop Agricultural Land Easements through the USDA Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). This program helps protect the long-term viability of the nation’s food supply by preventing conversion of productive working lands to non-agricultural uses. Land protected by agricultural land easements provides additional public benefits, including environmental quality, historic preservation, wildlife habitat and protection of open space.
Eligible partners include Indian tribes, state and local governments and non-governmental organizations that have farmland or grassland protection programs. Land eligible for agricultural easements includes cropland, rangeland, grassland, pastureland and nonindustrial private forest land. Applications will be considered within Snohomish County and the Stillaguamish River watershed, with preference given to farms in the flood plain west of I-5. The deadline to apply is December 15th, 2018. For more information locally, contact Eric Schuh at Snohomish Conservation District, 425-377-7026.
Information on applying can be found at:
https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/wa/programs/easements/acep/?cid=nrcseprd339613. USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.