Agricultural Management Assistance
Applications for all USDA NRCS programs are accepted on a continuous basis with application batching dates set regularly. The application batching date for Fiscal Year 2013 AMA-Irrigation is November 16, 2012. Batching dates will be posted here when they are established.
Agricultural Management Assistance is a voluntary program that provides financial assistance to eligible agricultural producers who are willing to address priority environmental issues by implementing conservation practices. It is administered by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Producers with an interest in an agricultural operation on eligible land may apply for the program in New York. Eligible crop production includes, but is not limited to: field-grown ornamentals, fruits, orchards, plant materials in greenhouses, row crops, vegetables, and vineyards. Each eligible conservation practice has a Practice Payment Rate (PPR) which is a fixed amount based on regional costs of a typical installation of that practice.
Applications are ranked based upon national, state and local ranking criteria. Applications will be selected for funding based on these criteria. You will be notified once funding decisions have been made.
Producers engaged in agricultural production on existing cropland may apply for the AMA program in New York to compete for funding through a Statewide pool. You are considered an eligible agricultural producer if you are an owner or operator with an interest in an agricultural operation. Eligible crop production includes, but is not limited to, field-grown ornamentals, fruits, orchards, plant materials in greenhouses, vegetables, row crops and others. Examples of eligible AMA practices include, Irrigation Water Management, Irrigation System - Microirrigation, Irrigation Pipeline, and Pumping Plant.
Applicants must meet eligibility for Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) certification. The land enrolled must be under the control of the applicant for the entire length of the contract. All AMA applications are evaluated and ranked on a competitive basis. Once an application is determined to be eligible, the NRCS Conservationist will evaluate the application using specific ranking criteria for each focus area.
Contract lengths of up to ten years are permissible under the AMA program rules. AMA applications in which the applicant agrees to implement all practices in five years or less will receive additional ranking points. At least one practice from the contract must be started in the first twelve months, and no practices may be scheduled in the last year of the contract. Participants can be held financially liable for unfulfilled contracts.
Each eligible conservation practice has a Practice Payment Rate (PPR) which is a fixed amount based on a percentage of the state average cost of a typical installation of that practice.
How to Apply for USDA-NRCS Conservation Programs
Learn what steps you will need to take to prepare for, and submit, your application to become a USDA-NRCS Conservation Program participant.
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