ANNAPOLIS - Jon Hall, state conservationist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service, has announced that Maryland is accepting applications for financial assistance for applying conservation practices through the Agricultural Management Assistance Program.
AMA helps producers adopt conservation practices and investment strategies that will reduce or mitigate risks to their agricultural enterprises.
All applications received by April 15, will receive consideration for AMA funds. On that date, applications received in NRCS offices will be evaluated and ranked according to levels of environmental benefits and available funds. After that date, if additional AMA funds remain, NRCS will evaluate and rank applications on May 15.
Maryland farmers interested in receiving financial assistance through AMA should contact their local NRCS or Soil Conservation District office at USDA Service Centers, for more information on eligible conservation practices, the application process, and receiving conservation assistance through the AMA Program. NRCS has leadership responsibility for implementing AMA.