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Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA)

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.


In Massachusetts, financial assistance is available to producers for drought mitigation. Program participants may develop or improve sources of irrigation water supply, construct new or reorganize irrigation delivery systems on existing cropland to mitigate the risk of drought. Incentive payments are available to encourage producers to adopt irrigation water management.

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:

  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Hawaii
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • West Virginia
  • Wyoming






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.

Applications for conservation practices and systems will be prioritized. High priority applications will be ranked. Applications that will result in greater environmental benefits for national, state, and/or local natural resource priorities will receive a higher score. Applications are selected for funding in ranking order.

How to Apply

Visit your local USDA Service Center to apply or visit

More information and documents

Translations of the AMA application form appendix

To learn how to get started with NRCS, visit

AMA Contact for Massachusetts

Rita Thibodeau
Assistant State Conservationist for Programs