This session is an introduction to the Agricultural Land Easement program for new participants. Course will focus on explaining the purposes of the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program Agricultural Land Easement component including eligible land, eligible landowner and eligible entity requirements. Participants will be guided through the basic program processes from the application process through the easement closing and stewardship requirements. Participants will leave with a basic understanding of entity roles and responsibilities for ACEP ALE application and participation.
This session will provide in-depth discussion of ALE including a focus on utilizing RCPP to accomplish easement enrollment goals. Session will discuss changes resulting from the 2018 Farm Bill Statute and the current progress of the NRCS ACEP regulation. The use of RCPP and ACEP ALE will be discussed along with items related to easement implementation of RCPP projects as a whole. The 2018 Farm Bill made substantial changes to RCPP that have added new flexibilities for easements under the program. With the 2019 RCPP funding opportunity open until early December, an overview of the RCPP easement component will be provided. Participants will leave with a better understanding of the ALE changes in the Statute and have the ability to discuss current policy concerning RCPP and ACEP ALE with state program managers.