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File #: 18-1001    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Action Item Status: Consent Agenda
File created: 8/24/2018 In control: Board of County Commissioners
On agenda: 9/11/2018 Final action:
Title: Agricultural Lands Easement (ALE) Grant Award and 2018 Cooperative Agreement for the Scottie McFarland Farm Addition
Attachments: 1. AAF Supplemental Document - 2018 Coop Agrmnt for McFarland Farm Easment Addition, 2. Attach 1 - McFarland Phase 2 Map- Farm, 3. Attach 2 - McFarland Phase 2 - Neighborhood Area, 4. Attach 3 - Northern Durham County Protected OS, 5. Attach 4 2018 Cooperative Agrmnt for McFarland Farm Addition
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Agricultural Lands Easement (ALE) Grant Award and 2018 Cooperative Agreement for the Scottie McFarland Farm Addition

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Date Of BOCC Meeting: September 4, 2018

Request For Board Action:
Agenda Text
The Board is requested to approve a 2018 Cooperative Agreement between the County and the United States by and through the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC), for $47,295 to provide federal grant support towards the protection of the Scottie McFarland farm in northern Durham with a permanent conservation easement. The CCC is the federal entity that disburses grant funds under the federal Agricultural Lands Easement Program (ALE). The grant funds are awarded to reimburse Durham County for 50 percent of the approved appraised value for the acquisition of a conservation easement on 10 additional acres of the Scottie McFarland farm, for a total of 91 acres.

The Board of County Commissioners previously approved the acquisition of a conservation easement on the 81 acres of the Scottie McFarland farm in 2014, with ALE grant funds awarded in September 2016 to pay for 50 percent of the cost of that easement. The funding for the county's share of the conservation easement was approved from the open space and farmland capital project at that time. The attached federal cooperative agreement award for $47,295 will pay for 50 percent of the cost of the appraised value of the additional easement acreage at the time of closing. The federal ALE funds are distributed as a "pass through" to the state's Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) offices, which administers the program and awards the grants. The funds are paid at the time the easement on each farm is conveyed. The county's matching funds for the easement was previously set aside from the open space and farmland capital project account when the option to purchase the easement was previously approved by the Board, so no additional funding is needed for this easement.

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