Irrigation assistance available to land owners

Dec 10, 2012

Bangor — The United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service in Maine has announced they have received 2013 Agricultural Management Assistance program funds for irrigation assistance to private landowners in Maine.

Approximately $294,000 will be made available to both large- and small-scale irrigators. The deadline for applications is Jan. 18, 2013.

Agricultural Management Assistance, administered by Natural Resources Conservation Service in Maine, is available in 16 states where participation in the Federal Crop Insurance Program is historically low. The program assists agricultural producers to manage risk and voluntarily address issues such as water management, water quality, and erosion control by incorporating conservation practices into their farming operations.

“This program gives landowners an additional opportunity to construct or improve their water management structures and to mitigate risk through production diversification or resource conservation practices,” said Juan Hernandez, state conservationist for NRCS in Maine, in a news release. “This will benefit not only the landowner, but their neighbors and community as well.”

Under the program, contracts will have a one to 10-year contract period, and the practices must be maintained for the life of the practice. There is a $50,000 per year payment limitation per participant.

Sign-up for the program is available on a continuous basis. Landowners can sign up for this program at their local USDA Service Center/Natural Resources Conservation Service office, listed online at offices.usda.gov or in the telephone book under United States Government, Agriculture Department. Applications received by Jan. 18, 2013 will be considered for funding in fiscal year 2013.

For more information, go to me.nrcs.usda.gov.

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