New Sign-Up Period for Conservation Funding – Apply by June 8 $178k Available for AMA Program

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The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announces an additional FY 2018 application sign-up period for agricultural producers to apply for Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) Program funding to implement conservation practices on their private land and public land allotments. The deadline to apply for funding is June 8.

AMA program funds can help producers use conservation to manage risk and address natural resources conservation, such as constructing or improving water management or irrigation structures; planting trees for windbreaks; or constructing high tunnels. AMA funding can also be used to improve water quality and mitigate risk by diversifying operations and conservation practices, including erosion control, integrated pest management or transition to organic farming.

High tunnels funded through the AMA program helped enhance Rodney Mehring’s Blue Lizard Farm in Caliente, Nev., where temperatures vary widely throughout the year, making farming challenging.

“Through trial and error, I’ve figured out how to farm in this climate, and how to best utilize my high tunnels to extend my growing season, as well as ward off steep changes in temperature,” said Mehring. “When December temperatures drop to -32 degrees, and I think for sure my spinach won’t make it, to my surprise it does.”

“This new funding allocation for Nevada provides more opportunities for land users to participate in the AMA program this fiscal year,” said Ray Dotson, NRCS Nevada state conservationist.

Persons or legal entities cannot receive more than $50,000 in AMA program payments per fiscal year. Participants are not subject to Highly Erodible Land and Wetland Conservation provisions of the Food Security Act of 1985. NRCS administers the AMA conservation provisions, while the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service and Risk Management Agency implement other provisions under AMA.

Applicants must meet USDA program eligibility requirements for land eligibility and person eligibility, including Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) limitations for individuals and entities seeking to participate.  Applications need to be submitted before 4 p.m. on Friday, June 8, 2018 to be considered.

Limited resource producers, beginning farmers and ranchers, or socially disadvantaged agricultural producers may be eligible for up to 15 percent higher payments, not to exceed 90 percent of the estimated cost to install the practice.

To learn more, contact your local NRCS office or go online to: www.nv.nrcs.usda.gov.

Persons requiring special accommodations or materials in an alternative format or language should contact Heather Emmons, Public Affairs Officer, (775) 857-8500 x 105.

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