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.

Agency - Department of Agriculture

Established in 1862, the Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

For a list of NRCS State Offices with telephone numbers and addresses, see Appendix IV of the Catalog.



Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Monarch Construction Llc $ 1,000   2011-09-012012-09-30
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$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   



Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

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.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

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.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Applicants must have control of the land for the length of the contract which may not be more than 10 years.

Credentials/Documentation

Evidence that the applicant has control over the land for the life of the proposed contract. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

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.

Application Procedures

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.

Award Procedures

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).

Deadlines

Not Applicable.

Authorization

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.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Variable, no specified time. Approval will depend on volume of applications received and available funds.

Appeals

Any participant shall have the right to appeal final adverse or potentially adverse decisions made by NRCS.

Renewals

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.

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.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

No reports are required.

Audits

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.

Records

Maintained in local NRCS office and Federal record centers for specified number of years.

Financial Information

Account Identification

12-1004-0-1-302.

Obigations

(Salaries) FY 16 $842,000; FY 17 est $936,000; and FY 18 est $0. (Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 16 $3,662,000; FY 17 est $3,719,000; and FY 18 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

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.

Information Contacts

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.

Headquarters Office

Jeffrey White Natural Resources Conservation Service 1400 Independence Ave, SW; Room 5237-S, Washingtoin, District of Columbia 20250 Email: Jeffrey.White@wdc.usda.gov Phone: (202-720-1844

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

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.



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