Agricultural Management Assistance
The Agricultural Management Assistance Program (AMA) helps agricultural producers use conservation to manage risk and address natural resource issues through natural resources conservation. NRCS administers the AMA conservation provisions, while the Agricultural Marketing Service and the Risk Management Agency implement other provisions under AMA.
What's New in AMA?
New adjusted gross income (AGI) requirements apply. The AGI limitation is now set at $900,000.
The next deadline to apply for AMA is March 21, 2014
For 2014, Vermont's AMA priorities include irrigation.
Producers receive conservation technical and financial assistance to construct or improve water management or irrigation structures, plant trees for windbreaks or, in order to improve water quality and mitigate risk, diversify their operation and conservation practices including soil erosion control, integrated pest management or transition to organic farming.
Persons or legal entities cannot receive more than $50,000 in AMA program payments per fiscal year.
AMA is available in 16 states where participation in the Federal Crop Insurance Program is historically low.
Persons and legal entities who receive payments under the AMA program are subject to the Adjusted Gross Income limitation provisions. All participants must agree to implement and maintain conservation practices for the life of the practice.
Eligible land includes agricultural land, nonindustrial private forest land or other land on which agricultural products, livestock, or forest-related products are produced and where risk may be mitigated by diversifying the operation or adding conservation practices that support soil erosion control, integrated pest management and organic farming.
How to Apply
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.
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
Vermont NRCS Farm Bill Homepage