FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For More Information:
Stacy Mitchell 717-237-2208
DATE: July 23, 2001
New NRCS Programs Provide Conservation Assistance to Farmers
Harrisburg—The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications for
conservation cost-share assistance through the Agricultural Management Assistance Program
(AMA) to help farmers voluntarily install conservation practices.
AMA is designed to help farmers in three conservation categories:
• Establishing grazing management systems.
• Regenerating hardwood woodlots from interfering vegetation and deer pressure.
• Converting from conventional farming to certified organic farming.
Cost sharing is available up to 75% for practices such as fencing, livestock watering, and
seedings; herbicide treatment and fencing; and practices to meet organic certification
requirements (by respective categories). Practices will be installed through 5 to 10-year
“This is an excellent program for farmers who have not been able to receive assistance
through other active conservation programs,” said Robin Heard, NRCS State Conservationist.
“Pennsylvania’s farmers are good stewards of the land and we’re happy to be able to help them
care for the resources.”
Special priority is being given to landowners with current conservation plans containing
eligible practices -- those who have a current prescribed grazing plan developed by 7/1/01 and
those with a forest stewardship plan established by the state forester before 7/1/01.
Pennsylvania has received over $677,000 which will be divided into lots of $250,000 for
grazing contracts, $250,000 for hardwood regeneration, and over $177,000 for converting to
organic farming. AMA is available in 15 states where participation in federal crop insurance
programs is historically low.
“We’re looking forward to being part of this pilot program,” Heard reported. “Its success
could bode well for agriculture and the resources in Pennsylvania.”
NRCS field offices will accept applications b