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TEMPLE— The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Texas has extended its application deadline for the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) from March 1 to March 10 because of recent weather-related power outages across Texas.
While NRCS accepts easement applications on a continuous basis, applications for the next funding consideration must be submitted by new deadline.
ACEP provide financial assistance to eligible partners for purchasing easements that protect the agricultural use and conservation values of eligible land. In the case of working farms, the program helps farmers and ranchers keep their land in agriculture.
The easements restore, enhance, and protect habitat for wildlife on their lands, reduce damage from flooding, recharge groundwater and provide outdoor recreational and educational opportunities. Tribal landowners also have the option of enrolling in 30-year contracts.