Agricultural Management Assistance Program (AMA)

Drip irrigation on a farm.Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) provides cost share assistance to agricultural producers to voluntarily address issues such as water management, water quality, and erosion control by incorporating conservation into their farming operations. Producers may construct or improve water management structures or irrigation structures; plant trees for windbreaks or to improve water quality; and mitigate risk through production diversification or resource conservation practices, including soil erosion control, integrated pest management, or transition to organic farming.

Farmers can sign up for conservation programs throughout the year, but funding selections are made at specific times. Check back soon for fiscal year 2015 cutoff dates. Producers should submit their applications for AMA as soon as possible to be considered for limited funding.

National AMA program information

AMA program manual


NRCS Field Offices, located in the USDA Service Centers in each Maryland county, can provide additional details and program assistance concerning AMA eligibility requirements, practices, and payments.

Program Contacts

Eric Hines
Farm Bill Program Specialist (AMA, CSP02, CSP08, WHIP)
Phone: 410.848.6696 x113

Tom Morgart
Assistant State Conservationist - Programs
Phone: 443.482.2913