Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program
The goal of the Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRPP) is to protect
prime or unique farmland, statewide and locally important soils, or historic
and archaeological resources on farmland and ranch land from conversion to
non-agricultural uses. The program preserves valuable farmland for future
generations; protecting agricultural land use and related conservation values
of the land. This goal is achieved by working cooperatively with State,
Tribal, and local government entities and non-governmental organizations.
FRPP provides matching funds to help eligible entities purchase
development rights to keep productive farmland and ranch land in agricultural uses.
USDA provides up to 50 percent of the easement fair market value.
To qualify, farmland must: be part of a pending offer from a State, tribe,
or local farmland protection program; be privately owned; be large enough to
sustain agricultural production; be accessible to markets for what the land
produces; have adequate infrastructure and agricultural support services; and
have surrounding parcels of land that can support long-term agricultural
The documents below require
Fact Sheet (PDF; 153 KB)
Questions & Answers (PDF;
If you have any questions regarding Indiana's Farm and Ranch
Lands Protection Program, please contact
Indiana's NRCS Easement Program Specialist, at
or (317) 295-5834