Agricultural Management Assistance Program Overview
Sign-up for financial assistance programs is on a continuous basis. Landowners who are interested in this program can apply at their local county USDA Service Center.
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; and mitigate risk through production diversification or resource conservation practices, including soil erosion control, integrated pest management, or seasonal high tunnel systems.
The next deadline to apply for AMA is March 7, 2014
For 2014, Vermont's AMA priorities include irrigation.
2014 Vermont Application Information
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AMA ranking worksheet
AMA practices and payment amounts
PLEASE NOTE: Practices started or completed before NRCS signs the contract are not eligible for payments, in accordance with program regulation and the Conservation Program Contract (CPC) appendix. Starting a practice or engaging the services of a technical service provider (TSP) before the contract is approved by NRCS renders an applicant ineligible for payment unless a waiver has been granted by the State Conservationist. Requests for a waiver to this provision must be made in writing. Waivers may be considered in special cases for meritorious reasons for applications that meet all eligibility requirements, provided that the practice was not started when the waiver application is made.
Electronic application filing is available through the Electronic Government website.
VT NRCS Office Locations and Contact Information
AMA Information (National NRCS Website)
Heather Wetzstein , Resource Conservationist
Phone: 802-951-6796 x-223