Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA)

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Betty Anderson,
Public Affairs Specialist
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Article announces ranking batching dates for Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA), and explains the program, offers next steps for interested reader.

Dover, NH, January 25, 2017 — Agriculture producers in New Hampshire: If you are interested in protecting, conserving, resources on your property or mitigating risk to your operation through technical or financial assistance, contact your local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) field office to begin the conservation planning process. Once an NRCS Conservation Plan is developed, you can work with NRCS to determine which programs would best suit your conservation needs. Applications for the NRCS Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) may be submitted at any time year-round; however, the upcoming ranking batching dates in NH are:

February 17, 2017
March 17, 2017
April 20, 2017

All applicants that are eligible by close of business (4:30 p.m.) on those ranking batching dates will be considered in that funding cycle. Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) AMA is available in NH and 15 other States in which Federal Crop Insurance Program participation is historically low. In NH we are focusing our assistance on the following:

  • Prevention of losses due to drought
  • where risk may be mitigated through operation diversification or change in resource conservation practices such as with Seasonal High Tunnels

Who can participate? All agricultural producers who are engaged in forestry, crop, or livestock production on eligible land may participate in AMA. Participation is voluntary. Eligible land includes cropland (including orchards, vineyards, and berry land), pasture, hayland, forestland or other lands on which crops or livestock are produced.

How do you get started? Call your local NRCS field office to discuss your resource needs and work with staff to develop a conservation plan. Your conservation planner will visit your farm and identify resource concerns, discuss your goals, inventory resources, and evaluate alternatives. Your goals and objectives, with a list of recommended conservation practices for your farm, will be included in your conservation plan.

Are you eligible and how do you apply? Once you have a conservation plan and would like to apply for AMA funds to help you implement your list of recommended conservation practices, we will help you understand the program eligibility process. NRCS will evaluate your completed eligibility forms and needed practices. After you have finalized practice decisions and agree to move forward, we’ll work with you on the application. AMA applications are accepted year-round, but they are considered for funding during specific ranking periods. Once you have passed eligibility and finalized practice decisions, your application is eligible to be considered for the next ranking period.

Where can you get help? Contact your local office for more information. General program information is available on the NRCS New Hampshire website at

New Hampshire NRCS Field Service Centers:

Concord Field Service Center
Serving Merrimack and Belknap Counties
10 Ferry St., Suite 211 Concord, NH 03301
Merrimack County: 603-223-6023
Heather Foley, District Conservationist
Belknap County:
Bill Hoey, Soil Conservationist


Conway Field Service Center
Serving Carroll and Belknap Counties
73 Main St.
Conway, NH 03818
Nels Liljedahl, District Conservationist

Epping Field Service Center
Serving Rockingham and
Strafford Counties
629 Calef Highway, Suite 203
Epping, NH 03042
Keri Neal, District Conservationist

Lancaster Field Service Center
Serving Coos County
4 Mayberry Lane
Lancaster, NH 03584
Kelly Eggleston, District Conservationist


Milford Field Service Center
Serving Hillsborough County
#468, Rte. 13 South
Milford, NH 03055
Heather Foley, District Conservationist

Orford Field Service Center
Serving Grafton County
19 Archertown Rd., Suite 1
Orford, NH 03777
Beth Ann Finlay, District Conservationist

Walpole Field Service Center
Serving Cheshire and Sullivan Counties
11 Industrial Park Dr.
Walpole, NH 03608
Steve Pytlik, District Conservationist

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Silvopasture, Grazing, and Nutrient Management Workshop


Rockingham & Strafford County Conservation Districts

Join us for a workshop on animal management topics, including how to best handle and store manure, optimize grazing, and utilize forests for silvopasture! Find out what technical and financial resources are available to New Hampshire farmers for  animal management and conservation concerns.

WHEN: 12:30 to 3 pm, Dec. 7th, 2016

WHERE: Clarke Farm: 134 Camp Lee Road, Epping NH

REGISTER: Contact RCCD to register!

Phone:  603-679-2790                                                                                                         Email:

Joining us will be:

Farmers Dorn Cox and Jack Clarke: To discuss silvopasture on Jacks farm and the stump grinder
NRCS Resource Conservationist Daimon Meeh: To discuss pasture grazing
RCCD/SCCD Staff: To discuss nutrient management planning and the benefits!
NRCS Field Staff: To discuss EQIP and applicable programs.                                      Quality Hardwoods Dave Martin: To demonstrate a new boom mounted stump grinder


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Resources for Forage Management in a Drought Situation

Looking for resources for forage management in a drought Situation? Check out this information sheet put together by Cornell University!…/Forage%20Resources%20-%2…

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Invasive Plants:
Picking Our Battles
The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, NH Natural Heritage Bureau, and Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve teamed up with over 120 community members, natural resource managers and academics to develop a statewide strategic prioritization plan for the control of upland, wetland, and intertidal invasive plant species.


RCPP Cost Share Program

The New Hampshire Coastal Watershed Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), led by the Nature Conservancy, funded through the Natural Resources Conservation Service(NRCS), is a funding source designed to address soil health and the degradation of water quality in coastal rivers and estuaries.

This program offers cost share opportunities to farmers through the NRCS for the purposes farm management conservation practices to address water quality, soil health, and wildlife habitat resource needs. The Conservation Districts will help guide farmers through the application process.  On a first come first served basis there will be $200 incentive payments for new applicants just for completing the application! This opportunity is funded through the Janes Trust, and is available for producers in the coastal watershed of New Hampshire which encompasses most of Strafford and Rockingham Counties.

Are you a producer interested in improving the quality of your soil, adding farm management conservation practices, or increasing wildlife habitat on your farm? Have you ever considered applying for federal cost share programs through the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) but find the application time consuming or confusing?

The Conservation district will help you apply!

View programs, eligibility information and ranking information.

Is your farm located the Costal Watershed? 

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2016 Backyard Trout Sale!

The RCCD backyard trout stocking program is back in time to get ready for  the spring!

Purchase your New Hampshire raised Brook or Rainbow Trout for enjoyment all summer long!

See the order form or the full webpage:  for the details!

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Managing for Pollinators on Farms: Goss Farm, Rye. October 2, 2015 11:30am-1:00pm

Managing for Pollinators on Farms: Goss Farm, Rye. October 2, 2015 11:30am-1:00pm

Join the Xerces Society’s Jarrod Fowler for an overview of pollinator ecology, farm management for wild bees, and habitat restoration techniques to increase your local population of wild bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects – including those that prey upon crop pests. Workshop is FREE. See for more details.



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Pollinator Summit

NH Pollinator Summit
Global Issues – Local Solutions
Monday, November 2, 2015, 8:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Concord, NH

Habitat loss, forage quality, pesticide use, pests and diseases all impact bee health and diversity, threatening the health of our landscapes and food systems. The New Hampshire Pollinator Summit will cover current research-based information related to pollinator health, as well as ongoing local and regional efforts to support and protect bee pollinators on-the-ground. Pesticide re-certification credits: 6 pending.

See the Pollinator Summit for more details


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