PA Agricultural Management Assistance

USDA: Natural Resources Conservation Service of Pennsylvania


Grant amount: Up to US $50,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: For-Profit Business Nonprofit Working Professional

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Pennsylvania

Location of residency: Pennsylvania

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Overview:

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.

Program Features

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.

Eligibility:

  • Eligibility:
    • 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.

Preferences:

  • 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.