The ACEP, created through the 2014 Farm bill, funds easements for agricultural lands and wetland reserves. Approved agricultural easements would prevent productive working lands from being converted to nonagricultural uses and maximize protection of land devoted to food production.
Cropland, rangeland, grassland, pastureland and nonindustrial private forestland are eligible.
Wetland reserve easements would restore and enhance wetlands and improve habitat. Eligible lands include farmed or converted wetlands that can be successfully and cost-effectively restored.
Applications must be submitted to Tennessee NRCS by June 6. Applications are available at local UDSA Service Center, located at 450 Stuart Road, N.E., Cleveland TN 37312, and at www.nrcs.usda.gov/GetStarted.