Agricultural Environmental Management Program
Welcome to the age of proactive steps to non-point source pollution potential from agriculture. The Agricultural Environmental Management Program (AEM) will be coming to your farm very soon. Please take a moment to talk with the person and allow them to walk you through the steps of AEM and how it can benefit your farm to be a part of this program.
Soil group worksheet is generated from our GIS information to produce a map with the soils over a digital ortho photo which also has the tax parcel information. The soils are counted on the values that are in agricultural production. This information is used for Agricultural Assessments. $15 fee per parcel for preparation of Soil Group Worksheets. Click on our Ag Assessments tab above for frequently asked questions.
For more information, visit the NYS Dept of Taxation
Need forms? Click here
See it in action here!
Subsurface tile or artificial drainage is the practice of placing slotted drain tubes beneath the soil surface well below tillage depth to help lower the water table of poorly drained fields and/or wet areas within fields. Though the concepts and benefits of artificial drainage are ancient, it continues to be an important crop production practice for modern agriculture and changes in input prices and crop values has made subsurface drainage an even more valuable investment.
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) does its work through a mutual agreement with 62 Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) in New York. Conservation Districts are political subdivisions of State government where activities are governed by a locally appointed board of directors.
They deliver conservation programs to local landowners including:
- Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)
- Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP)
- Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP)
- Small Watershed Program
They provide technical support to other State, Federal, and Local agencies in the delivery of the following programs:
- Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)
- Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP)
- Agricultural Management Assistance Program (AMA)
- The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)
The Farm Service Agency (FSA) administers and manages farm commodity, credit, conservation, disaster and loan programs as laid out by Congress through a network of federal, state and county offices.
These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of the agricultural industry and to help farmers adjust production to meet demand. Economically, the desired result of these programs is a steady price range for agricultural commodities for both farmers and consumers.
In Clinton County, both the NRCS and FSA are co-located with the Clinton County Soil & Water Conservation District at 6064 Route 22, Plattsburgh NY.