Nebraska NRCS has announced it is now accepting applications for the Agricultural Conservation Easements Program (ACEP), specifically for wetlands reserve easements. The applications will be rated according to the easement’s potential to protect and enhance habitat for migratory birds, fish, and other wildlife. Applicants will be compensated with a payment rate comparable to local land use value. (Click here and scroll down to ‘Wetland Reserve Easements’ to find a .pdf file listing the payment rates.)
Applications can be submitted at any time but applications for 2014 funding are due by June 6, 2014. Note that applicants will need to provide accurate records of ownership and make certain s/he have established a record of ownership with FSA. Information on the application process, including the application itself, is available here.
NRCS is committed to working with interested applicants through the process of applying for ACEP and creating an easement that works best for the farming operation. You are also welcome to contact us if you need further information or help!