USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is now accepting applications until June 6 for its new Agricultural Conservation Easements Program (ACEP) that provides financial assistance for farmers, ranchers and forest landowners to establish conservation easements. Applications are available at local USDA Service Centers and at www.nrcs.usda.gov/GetStarted. Agreements will be evaluated starting in late August. For information on agricultural easements contact Nina Bhattacharyya, 352-338-9554.
Contact Crenel Francis, 352-338-3508 for information about wetland easements.