Got Projects? Need Money? Maybe There’s Help

Are you looking around your farm or ranch this winter thinking about projects that need to be done to improve your operation? Are you also looking at your bank account and trying to figure out to stretch dollars to pay for projects that would reduce erosion, increase your forage, or help you better manage your livestock? Consider checking out these programs offered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service to help you get going. Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) This program is available in these sixteen states: Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming. It helps farmers address water management, water quality and erosion control issues. Financial and technical assistance is provided for constructing or improving water management or irrigation structures; plant trees for windbreaks or to improve water quality; and mitigate risk through production diversification or resource conservation practices, including soil erosion control, integrated pest management, or transition to organic farming. The program covers 75% of the project not to exceed $50,000 in one year. To be eligible your operation must have potential annual sales of $1,000 or more, have control of the land for the term of the project, and involve cropland, hayland, pastureland, rangeland, and grassland. To read all of the eligibility requirements click here. Conserv

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