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The 2014 Farm Bill, signed into law by President Obama on February 7, provides more than $1 billion for conservation, exceeding all other federal sources of conservation funding. This bill will keep working farms and ranches in family hands, helping to restore and maintain our ways of life. Learn what you can do now to access Farm Bill programs »

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April 15, 2014

The Alliance hosted two "listening sessions" with the Natural Resources Conservation Service on what worked well and what didn't for the easement programs in the last Farm Bill. These sessions will be used by NRCS to help inform the rules for the new Agricultural Land Easements Program.

February 19, 2014
The Alliance hosted a national call on the Farm Bill to discuss what happens next for rule-making and what you can and should be doing now to thank your members of Congress and take advantage of the provisions in the legislation.

What’s in the Farm Bill for Conservation?

Securing adequate funding for easements to protect working farms, ranches and forests was the Alliance’s top priority for the 2014 Farm Bill. Learn about specific programs »

Good news: you can apply now for funding for projects on working lands!

Your land trust is encouraged to begin applying through its state office for program funds. If your state office tells you that the funding isn’t available, contact headquarters! NRCS is operating under the old rules governing FRPP & GRP and will do so until an interim final rule is published in the coming months to govern the new ALE program. Each state office will determine funding.

The Alliance is already working to ensure that land trusts get the most out of the new bill. There will be an official public comment period in the coming months, but now is the time for key input.

More information on previous programs in the Farm Bill »

What You Can Do

Don’t wait for rule-making to be decided before applying for Farm Bill programs. Here's what you can do to get started:

  • Thank your member of Congress »
  • The government makes decisions about conservation tax incentives, controls millions of dollars in conservation funding and has the potential to greatly help or hurt your conservation work, and your voice can be a powerful force in securing conservation policy. Become an Ambassador »
    • How to lobby »
    • Lobbying Q&A »
    • Read how Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy and its executive director Glen Chown impacted the Farm Bill by building relationships with its members of Congress. More »
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April 10: Advocacy Day Participants Help Push for Extension of Conservation Tax Incentive

The timing of our third annual Land Trust Advocacy Day could not have been better – Senate Finance Chairman Ron Wyden (OR) released a package of expired tax provisions but did not include the conservation tax incentive. Our team of advocates was willing and able to take action, gaining support from key senators to include the incentive for tax years 2014 and 2015 with the rest of the package.
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