Press Release

USDA accepting applications for irrigation assistance

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Maine has announced that the Fiscal Year 2014 application deadline for the Agricultural Management Assistance  Program is Jan. 17, 2014. This program provides funds for irrigation assistance to private landowners in Maine.

AMA, administered by NRCS, is available in 16 states where participation in the Federal Crop Insurance Program is historically low. AMA assists agricultural producers to manage risk and voluntarily address issues such as water management, water quality, and erosion control by incorporating conservation practices into their farming operations.

“This program gives landowners an additional opportunity to construct or improve water management structures and to mitigate risk through production diversification or resource conservation practices,” said Juan Hernandez, State Conservationsit for NRCS in Maine. “This will benefit not only the landowner, but their neighbors and community as well.”

Under AMA, contracts will have a one to ten-year contract period, and the practices must be maintained for the life of the practice. There is a $50,000 per year payment limitation per participant.

Sign-up for AMA is available on a continuous basis. Landowners can sign up for this program at their local USDA Service Center/Natural Resources Conservation Service office, listed online at or in the telephone book under United States Government, Agriculture Department. Applications received by Jan. 17, 2014 will be considered for funding in Fiscal Year 2014.

For more information about AMA and other NRCS conservation programs, visit your local USDA Service Center or go to

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