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Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) Program

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; or mitigate risk through production diversification or resource conservation practices, including soil erosion control, integrated pest management, or seasonal high tunnels.

For Fiscal Year 2015, Maine NRCS will again be offering financial assistance for irrigation systems and introducing an opportunity for funding deer exclusion fencing for orchards having 40 or more fruit trees through the AMA program.

Applications are taken on a continuous basis.  The deadline for applications is Sept. 15, 2015 to be considered for funding in 2016. 

The following documents requires  Adobe Acrobat (.pdf)

2015 AMA Payment Schedule (.pdf)

2015 AMA Deer Exclusion Fence Application Evaluation and Ranking Tool (.pdf)

2015 AMA Micro-Irrigation Application Evaluation and Ranking Tool (.pdf)

2015 AMA Sprinkler Irrigation Application Evaluation and Ranking Tool (.pdf)

National AMA Web Site


Program Contact:  Susan Arrants, Assistant State Conservationist for Programs - 207-990-9564 or email