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NRCS Announces 2nd Sign-Up for FY2021 AMA Program

The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced a second sign-up period for the FY2021 Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) Program for producers wanting to improve their conservation efforts on their farming operation. Does that sound like you? Then why not find out if you’re eligible for financial assistance. 

AMA is a voluntary program that provides financial assistance to eligible agricultural producers to implement seasonal high tunnels and to address issues such as water management, water quality, and erosion control. Eligible crop production includes – but is not limited to – field-grown ornamentals, fruits, orchards, plant materials in greenhouses, row crops, vegetables, and vineyards. Each eligible conservation practice has a Practice Payment Rate which is a fixed amount based on regional costs of a typical installation of that practice.

Although NRCS accepts AMA applications year-round, to be eligible for current year funding you must ensure your application is submitted to your local NRCS office by February 19, 2021. Due to the current COVID-19 Pandemic, our offices are not currently open to the public. However, we can assist you remotely. Please call your local USDA Service Center (listed below) for assistance.

Not sure how to begin? Visit the Getting Started section of our website, then establish records and fill out eligibility forms. NRCS staff will need to complete an assessment of resource conditions and practice feasibility prior to making a determination of program eligibility.  

To find out more, fill out eligibility forms, or obtain an application, contact your local USDA Service Center: Danielson – (860) 779-0557; Hamden – (203) 287-8038; Norwich – (860) 887-3604; Torrington – (860) 626-8852; Windsor – (860) 688-7725.