Agricultural Management Assistance
To provide financial assistance to producers on private lands through contracts to construct or improve water management structures or irrigation structures; plant trees for windbreaks or to improve water quality; and mitigate financial risk through production or marketing diversification or resource conservation practices, including soil erosion control, integrated pest management, or transition to organic farming.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Office: Natural Resources Conservation Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
DIRECT PAYMENTS FOR A SPECIFIED USE
Agricultural Risk Protection Act of 2000, Title I, Part Subtitle C, Section 524b, Public Law 106-224, 114 Stat. 387, 7 U.S.C 1524.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
The land must be in one of the 16 following eligible states: Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Applicants must have control of the land for a period of the contract running a minimum duration of one year after completion of the last practice, but not more than 10 years.
Evidence that the applicant has control over the land for the life of the proposed contract. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Potential applicants must submit documents to the appropriate local NRCS or Conservation District office. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Application forms are available in USDA Service Centers and conservation district offices as well as in an automated format on the Internet on the USDA NRCS homepage.
Participants must sign a contract which may not be more than 10 years in length based on the conservation plan to receive financial assistance. Financial assistance payments are made directly to the applicant upon satisfactory completion on identifiable units of work. Approval of contracts are made by an authorized representative of the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC).
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Variable, no specified time. Approval will depend on volume of applications received and available funds.
Any participant shall have the right to appeal final adverse or potentially adverse decisions made by NRCS.
Contracts that are scheduled for less than 10 years may be extended up to the ten-year contract limit, in order for the participant to complete the practices scheduled in the contract. However, the participant must apply all practices within nine years of signing the contract.
How are proposals selected?
A State developed ranking process and ranking criteria will be used. The ranking criteria will emphasize: the construction or improvement of water management structures or irrigation structures; planting of trees for windbreaks or to improve water quality; and mitigating financial risk through production or marketing diversification or resource conservation practices, including soil erosion control, integrated pest management, or transition to organic farming.
How may assistance be used?
Eligible producers in approved states may receive financial assistance to construct or improve water management structures or irrigation structures; plant trees for windbreaks or to improve water quality; and mitigate financial risk through production or marketing diversification or resource conservation practices, including soil erosion control, integrated pest management, or transition to organic farming.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
No reports are required.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. Program activities are subject to audit by the Office of Inspector General, USDA.
The records are maintained in local NRCS office and Federal record centers for specified number of years.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching Requirements: Percent: 25.%. AMA participants are eligible for financial assistance payments of up to 75 percent of the estimated incurred cost.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Long term contracts may not be more than 10 years in length. Financial assistance is paid when the practice is performed. . Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. For a list of NRCS State Offices with telephone numbers and addresses, see Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Dave Mason, Financial Assistance Programs Division, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Department of Agriculture, P.O. Box 2890 , Washingtoin, District of Columbia 20013 Email: Dave.Mason@wdc.usda.gov
Phone: (202) 260-9232
(Salaries) FY 14 $1,385,000; FY 15 est $973,000; and FY 16 est $1,034,000. (Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 14 $5,185,000; FY 15 est $3,662,000; and FY 16 est $3,966,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Financial assistance payments are not to exceed $50,000 per fiscal year. The total financial assistance payments paid per participant must not exceed $50,000 for any fiscal year.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
7 CFR, Part 1465 regulations in the Federal Register, Volume 73, No. 225, page 70245, November 20, 2008; USDA/NRCS Internet homepage under Programs.
Examples of Funded Projects