The Farmland Information Center, in partnership with USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, created a comprehensive collection of resources and tools to help you navigate the process of participating in the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program – Agricultural Land Easements (ACEP-ALE). Below you will find links to resources for landowners and land trusts and public farmland protection programs (entities).
ACEP-ALE for Entities
Land trusts and public farmland protection programs can learn how to successfully participate in the Agricultural Land Easement component of the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program. Our informative webpages include fact sheets, videos, annotated checklists, and more, and help walk you through each phase of the application process.Learn more
ACEP-ALE for Landowners
Landowners interested in participating in the Agricultural Land Easement component of the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program can learn about the program, and use our resources, including fact sheets, videos, annotated checklists to help them through the steps of the application process.Learn more
A sampling of resources and tools from the collection.
New Guidance from USDA NRCS
NRCS periodically releases national instructions and bulletins to clarify program implementation in a given fiscal year. See the resources below, and consult with your state ACEP-ALE program manager for more information.
This National Bulletin provides guidance to states on FY22 ACEP-ALE program roll-out actions and announcements, and identifies unique FY22 topics that will be covered in forthcoming guidance.View National Bulletin
This National Instruction provides updated information about program agreements and parcel contracts.View National Instruction
This National Instruction provides guidance on ACEP-ALE buy-protect-sell transactions.View National Instruction
NB 440-21-11 PGM
This bulletin provides guidance to NRCS staff for submitting FY 2021 easement programs financial and technical assistance requests.View bulletin
NB 300-21-10 LTP
This bulletin provides States with specific guidance for FY 2021 implementation of ACEP.View bulletin
This National Instruction provides state NRCS staff with guidance for average adjusted gross income (AGI) waivers.View National Instruction