PA Agricultural Management Assistance
USDA: Natural Resources Conservation Service of Pennsylvania
Grant amount: Up to US $50,000
Applicant type: For-Profit Business Nonprofit Working Professional
Funding uses: Applied Project / Program
Location of project: Pennsylvania
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There is no due date to apply but farmers are encouraged to apply early to increase likelihood of being offered a contract.
Agricultural Management Assistance
Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) provides funding assistance to help agricultural producers reduce risk by voluntarily installing conservation practices to address issues such as water management, water quality, and erosion control.
NRCS administers the AMA conservation provisions while the Agricultural Marketing Service and the Risk Management Agency implement other provisions under AMA.
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.
The program pays financial assistance of up to 75 percent of the cost of installing conservation practices.
The total AMA payments shall not exceed $50,000 per participant for any fiscal year.
Participants are not subject to Highly Erodible Land and Wetland Conservation provisions of the Food Security Act of 1985; however participants are subject to Adjusted Gross Income provisions of the Food Security Act of 1985.
Program offers an additional higher cost-share for historically underserved producers
You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.
- Applicants must have an interest in an agricultural operation, either as a producer of crops or livestock, or as an owner of land on which an eligible agricultural operation exists.
- Eligible land includes cropland, rangeland, pasture, private non-industrial forestland, and other farm lands, as determined by the Secretary of Agriculture.
- AMA participants must comply with Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) limitations (the three-year AGI cannot exceed $900,000.
- Participants agree to maintain conservation practices for the practice life span, which may exceed the length of the contract.
- Conservation Practices must meet or exceed Pennsylvania NRCS standards and specifications.
- Priority is given to applicants who have a current conservation plan. The conservation plan should describe the practices that will be included on the contract and the schedule for implementing the practices.
- Preference is given to applicants who can complete work within 1-3 years.
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