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Agricultural Management Assistance

Drip irrigation on a farm.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. Assistance is also available for constructing seasonal high tunnels and associated practices.

Farmers can sign up for conservation programs throughout the year, but funding selections are made at specific times. The next sign-up deadline is January 16, 2015. Producers should submit their applications for AMA as soon as possible to be considered for limited funding.

National AMA program information

AMA program manual


Contact

NRCS Field Offices, located in the USDA Service Centers in each Maryland county, can provide additional details and program assistance concerning AMA eligibility requirements, practices, and payments.

Program Contacts

Eric Hines
Farm Bill Program Specialist (AMA, CSP02, CSP08, WHIP)
Phone: 410.848.6696 x113
Email: eric.hines@md.usda.gov

Tom Morgart
Assistant State Conservationist - Programs
Phone: 443.482.2913
Email: thomas.morgart@md.usda.gov