State Conservationist Carrie Mosley has extended the application period for two conservation programs to November 15th. All applications received for Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) and the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) by November 15 will be ranked and funds allocated after the new deadline.
These voluntary conservation programs are offered by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in New Jersey to support conservation on agricultural and forested land. NRCS professionals work with producers to develop a conservation plan for their operation, design conser- vation practices and provide guidance to help implement the plan.
The Agricultural Management Assistance is a voluntary conservation program that targets beginning and limited resource farmers, small farms, and producers who have had limited participation in other USDA financial assistance programs. AMA provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to address issues such as water management, water quality and erosion control by incorporating conservation into their farming operations. The Environmental Quality Incentive Program is a voluntary conservation program for persons who are engaged in livestock, forestry or agricultural production, including organic production. EQIP offers financial and technical assistance to implement conservation practices on eligible agricultural land, and provides payments for implementing conservation practices that have a positive environmental impact, while protecting long term agricultural production and sustainability.
Visit the local USDA-NRCS office at 1318 S. Main Road, Building 5, Suite A, Vineland, New Jersey (856-205-1225 x3) to apply for these and all programs offered by NRCS. Program application periods are provided on the New Jersey NRCS website: www.nj.nrcs.usda.gov