2013 Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program
The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (the 2008 Act) amended the
Farmland Protection Program (FPP), established by the Federal Agriculture
Improvement and Reform Act of 1996, and reauthorized by the Farm Security and
Rural Investment Act of 2002. In the implementing rule making, the program was
named the Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRPP) to best describe the
types of lands the program seeks to protect.
The FRPP is a voluntary program to help farmers and ranchers preserve their
agricultural land. The Program provides matching funds to State, Tribal and
local governments, and non-governmental organizations with farmland protection
programs to purchase conservation easements.
To qualify the farm or ranch must:
- Be privately owned land.
- Contain at least 50 percent of prime, unique, statewide, or locally
important soils OR
- Contain historic or archeological sites that are:
- Consensus determined by the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO),
or the Tribal Historic Preservation Office (THPO), or
- Formally nominated to the national register AND
- Be part of a pending offer from a state, tribal, or local government, or
a non-governmental organization (NGO) agricultural land protection program.
- Have a conservation plan on Highly Erodible Land (HEL) acres.
- Contain sufficient acres to sustain agriculture production.
- Include eligible lands such as cropland, rangeland, grassland,
pastureland, and forest land that are part of the agriculture operation.
- Involve land owners who do not exceed the Adjusted Gross Income (AGI)
Montana accepts new applications throughout the year. The
2013 deadline has been set for February 22, 2013. Funding decisions will be
made and all funds obligated by June 28, 2013.
Under FRPP, NRCS solicits applications from federally recognized Indian
tribes, states, units of local government, and NGOs. Land owners apply through a
recognized entity such as one of these.
Application Materials and Information
If you encounter any problems with the files provided on
this page, please contact Dennis Dellwo at 406-587-6748.
The following documents require
Certification of NRCS Conservation Cooperator (PDF;
FRPP Deed Review Checklist (PDF; 36 KB)
SF-425: Federal Financial Report (PDF; 36 KB)
FRPP General Manual
- Appraised Standards for Technical Reviews can
be found at 519.105
- Specification for Appraisals of Real Property
for FRPP can be found at 519.102
- FRPP Deed criteria can be found at 519.64
Entity Application Procedures
- An entity shall submit an application to the State Conservationist in
order to see if the entity is eligible to participate in FRPP. The Chief of
NRCS will determine whether an entity is a certified entity based on Part
1491.4(d) of the Interim Final Rule for FRPP.
- The State Conservationist will notify the entity about whether or not
the entity has been determined to be eligible or certified. A cooperative
agreement will be entered into at this time.
- Entities with cooperative agreement entered into after Jan 16, 2009 will
not have to resubmit an annual application for the duration of the
cooperative agreement. They may reapply when the cooperative agreement
- Entities may submit throughout the fiscal year, to the State
Conservationist, applications for parcels with supporting documentation, to
be scored, ranked, and considered for funding.
- When funds are available, the State Conservationist shall announce a
ranking cut-off date (no less than 60 days prior to the date) on which ranking of parcels
shall occur. More than one ranking period may be held.
- At the end of the federal fiscal year (September 30) the list of pending,
unfunded parcels will be cancelled unless the entity requests they be
considered for funding in the next fiscal year. Entities must submit a new
list of parcels each fiscal year in order to be considered.
Partners that Help People Help the Land
Following is a partial list of NGOs through which land owners in Montana can
apply for conservation easements under FRPP. Land owners can also apply through
State, Tribal and local governments.
Prior-Year FRPP (Archives)
For More Information
Farm and Ranch Lands
Protection Program National NRCS Website
For more information and updates about the FRPP, also contact one of the
Montana NRCS personnel listed below.
Dennis Dellwo, Program Specialist
Tim Ouellette, Assistant State Conservationist for Programs