Agricultural Management Assistance Program (AMA)
The Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) provides financial assistance to agricultural producers to voluntarily address resource issues such as water management, water quality, invasive species control, and erosion control by incorporating conservation into their farming or ranching operations.
AMA was authorized in the Agriculture Risk Protection Act of 2000. The purpose of AMA is to assist producers in reducing risk to their operation. The program is available in Wyoming and 15 other states where participation in the Federal Crop Insurance Program is historically low.
AMA is administered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Producers can apply for financial assistance for many types of conservation practices. All signups are conducted at USDA Service Centers in Wyoming.
Program priorities are based on recommendations from the Wyoming State Technical Committee (STC). The STC is made up of representatives from various producer groups, conservation organizations, agribusinesses, and federal, state, and tribal government agencies. Each year, consideration is given to determine which resource concerns pose the greatest risk to Wyoming agricultural operations.
The current priority of the STC is the establishment of farmstead and shelterbelt windbreaks to reduce erosion and provide protection from strong winds. Farmstead windbreaks will reduce energy costs and provide protection from strong winds around livestock feeding areas during winter months. The local field office can provide additional information about specifications for planting a windbreak and discuss associated practices.
Applications are accepted on a continual basis. Currently all signed applications on file with a local field office by Dec. 20, 2013 will be considered for funding in FY 2014. Agricultural producers are eligible to apply for AMA on private lands. Contracts can be written for 1-10 years, with a minimum duration of one year after the last practice is completed. Annual payments cannot exceed $50,000 per person or entity per year.
Applications will be evaluated and selected based on state ranking criteria.
Click here for FY14 AMA Agroforestry-Windbreak Ranking Tool.
Under the 2008 Farm Bill, Adjusted Gross Income provisions now apply to the AMA program. Refer to 7 CFR Part 1400 for additional information. Eligible land includes: 1) Privately owned land; 2) Publicly owned land where the land is a working component of the participant’s agricultural operation, and the participant has control of the land for the term of the contract; and 3) Tribal, BIA allotted, or Indian land.
Application signup is an ongoing process and can be done online or completed at your local USDA Service Center.
Cheryl Grapes, Assistant State Conservationist for Programs, 307-233-6757