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Agricultural Management Assistance Overview - Utah NRCS

Agricultural Management Assistance Overview - Utah NRCS

To be considered for FY 2013 funding, applications for participation must be submitted by the cut-off date of May 17, 2013

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. 

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AMA Final Rule (PDF, 85 KB)
AMA Fact Sheet (PDF, 47 KB)
Interim Final Rule (PDF, 89 KB)
AMA Policy


AMA Funding Selection and Priorities

Priorities for AMA funding are established with input from Utah’s strong conservation partnership based on locally identified natural resource needs consistent with state and national AMAP priorities. Local Work Groups convened by local Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) provide advice to NRCS about natural resource issues and priorities within their counties. AMA applications are evaluated based on these state priorities and are then prioritized for funding. Applications that best address natural resources as described in the ranking criteria are prioritized for funding.

NRCS is announcing a “cut off” period for AMA to address irrigation resource concerns in Utah.


Program Eligibility

Producer Eligibility

  • Be engaged in livestock or agricultural production and have annual potential sales of $1,000 or more.
  • Have an interest in the farming operation associated with the land being offered for AMA enrollment.
  • Have control of the land for the term of the proposed contract.
  • Be in compliance with the provisions for protecting the interests of tenants and sharecroppers, including the provisions for sharing AMA payments on a fair and equitable basis.
  • Be within appropriate payment limitation requirements

Land Eligibility

  • on which agricultural commodities or livestock are produced such as cropland, hayland, pastureland, rangeland, and grassland
  • land used for subsistence purposes, private non-industrial forestland or other land on which agricultural products, livestock or forest-related goods are produced
  • where risk may be mitigated through operation diversification or change in resource conservation practices

Eligible Practices and Payment Schedules

The following are lists of practices and associated payment rates for each of the AMA sign-up options.

Program Benefits for Historically Underserved Clients: EQIP provides enhanced benefits to historically underserved program participants. Historically underserved refers to groups that have not participated in or that in the past have received limited benefits through USDA programs. Click here for more information about historically underserved clients.

Starting a practice prior to written contract approval will result in the ineligibility of the practice for AMA assistance unless a waiver has been approved in writing by an Assistant State Conservationist for Field Operations.


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AMA Payment Schedules - Coming Soon


Application Information

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis, however NRCS has established a “cut off” or submission deadline dates for evaluation and ranking of eligible applications.  

The AMA Program is open to all eligible agricultural producers.


Application Screening and Ranking

A complete list of eligible conservation practices and corresponding payments are listed below.

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AMA Ranking - Coming Soon


More Information

For more information contact your local USDA- NRCS Service Center to schedule a meeting to discuss available options. You may also contact the NRCS Utah State Office:




Archived EQIP Information