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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 »


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.

Regional Conservation Partnership Program

Sometime in the next month or two, NRCS will ask for applications for a new and exciting program established in the 2014 Farm Bill: the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). RCPP aims to fund organizations to use more than one NRCS program (such as the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), involve multiple partners, leverage resources, and result in real and measurable conservation results.

RCPP coordinates the delivery of other conservation programs in a region or specific geographic area. The RCPP will have at least $170 million per year of funding, with projects chosen and funds allocated by the Secretary, by NRCS in DC, and by State Conservationists.

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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Advocates Alerts

February 12: The House successfully voted 279-137, demonstrating a supermajority (67%) of support, on H.R. 644, a package of charitable incentives including the conservation tax incentive.Now we need your help in the Senate to secure co-sponsors! Sens. Heller and Stabenow have requested land trusts’ assistance in asking senators to cosponsor S. 330, the Conservation Easement Incentive Act. Learn more »

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