Agricultural Management Assistance
Applications for all USDA NRCS programs are accepted on a continuous basis with application batching dates set regularly. Batching dates will be posted here when they are established.
UPDATE! March 20, 2015 has been set as the application cut-off date for the Agricultural Management Assistance Program.
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. AMA applications in which the applicant agrees to implement all practices in five years or less will receive additional ranking points. You will be notified once funding decisions have been made.
Producers, in Cayuga, Dutchess, Onondaga, Orange, Oswego, Putnam, Rockland, Ulster and Westchester Counties, engaged in agricultural production on existing cropland may apply for the AMA program. 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:
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.
Applicants are responsible for completing and filing all application and eligibility paperwork as required. Applicants cannot start any financially assisted practices, included in their application, prior to obligation of their contract. Practices started before contract obligation will be considered ineligible for payment.
If funded, participants are required to sign a contract and agree to implement the planned conservation practices to NRCS standards and specifications as scheduled. Contract lengths of up to ten years are permissible under the AMA program rules.
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.
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.
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Practice Payment Rates
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.
Payment Schedule 2015 AMA Irrigation
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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AMA Fact Sheet (PDF; 1.35 MB)
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