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USDA announces conservation funding opportunity for Rhode Island farmers through the Agricultural Management Assistance program (AMA)

Diane Petit, Public Affairs Specialist (media contact)
401-822-8843, mobile 413-835-1276

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WARWICK, RI (May 27, 2022) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is announcing a financial assistance opportunity for agricultural producers to voluntarily address issues such as water management, water quality, and erosion control by incorporating conservation into their farming operations through the Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) program.

While NRCS accepts applications for programs year-round, producers should apply for AMA by June 27, 2022 to be considered for this year’s funding. Applications received after the ranking date will be automatically deferred to the next funding period.

“Through AMA funds, we are helping producers mitigate and address risk by implementing practices such as constructing or improving water management structures or installing high tunnels.,” said Phou Vongkhamdy, NRCS State Conservationist in Rhode Island.

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.

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, and Wyoming.

For more information and to apply for NRCS programs, contact your local conservation district or NRCS at: 

Eastern RI Conservation District
Serving Newport and Bristol counties 

Northern RI Conservation District 
Serving Providence County 

Southern RI Conservation District 
Serving Kent and Washington counties 

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
60 Quaker Lane, Suite 46
Warwick, RI 02886 

NRCS is a federal agency that works hand-in-hand with conservation districts and the people of Rhode Island to improve and protect soil, water and other natural resources.