DOVER, N.H. — Agriculture producers in New Hampshire: If you are interested in protecting, conserving, resources on your property or mitigating risk to your operation through technical or financial assistance, contact your local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) field office to begin the conservation planning process. Once an NRCS Conservation Plan is developed, you can work with NRCS to determine which programs would best suit your conservation needs. Applications for the NRCS Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) may be submitted at any time year-round; however, the upcoming ranking batching dates in NH are:
February 17, 2017
March 17, 2017
April 20, 2017
All applicants that are eligible by close of business (4:30 p.m.) on those ranking batching dates will be considered in that funding cycle. Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) AMA is available in NH and 15 other States in which Federal Crop Insurance Program participation is historically low. In NH we are focusing our assistance on the following:
- Prevention of losses due to drought
- where risk may be mitigated through operation diversification or change in resource conservation practices such as with Seasonal High Tunnels
Who can participate? All agricultural producers who are engaged in forestry, crop, or livestock production on eligible land may participate in AMA. Participation is voluntary. Eligible land includes cropland (including orchards, vineyards, and berry land), pasture, hayland, forestland or other lands on which crops or livestock are produced.
How do you get started? Call your local NRCS field office to discuss your resource needs and work with staff to develop a conservation plan. Your conservation planner will visit your farm and identify resource concerns, discuss your goals, inventory resources, and evaluate alternatives. Your goals and objectives, with a list of recommended conservation practices for your farm, will be included in your conservation plan.
Are you eligible and how do you apply? Once you have a conservation plan and would like to apply for AMA funds to help you implement your list of recommended conservation practices, we will help you understand the program eligibility process. NRCS will evaluate your completed eligibility forms and needed practices. After you have finalized practice decisions and agree to move forward, we’ll work with you on the application. AMA applications are accepted year-round, but they are considered for funding during specific ranking periods. Once you have passed eligibility and finalized practice decisions, your application is eligible to be considered for the next ranking period.
—New Hampshire NRCS
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