AEEP supports agricultural operations that are looking to install conservation practices that prevent direct impacts on water quality, ensure efficient use of water, as well as address impacts on air quality. Farmers selected to participate in the program are reimbursed up to $25,000 for the cost of materials and labor necessary for the installation of the approved practice.
AEEP will fund conservation practices that protect water quality, ensure water conservation, and address air quality issues. All projects where the primary focus is renewable energy or energy conservation would need to apply to the Massachusetts Ag-Energy Grant Program .
Some examples of conservation practices eligible for funding include manure waste storage, irrigation efficiency, water control structures, pesticide storage facilities, and fencing to keep livestock out of a water resource.
Eligibility and Applying
Property must consist of land under the same ownership and be actively devoted to agricultural or horticultural use. Aquaculture operations must possess a current valid shellfish license. There is no minimum acreage requirement; however, projects that address significant resource concerns are more likely to receive funding.
Where applicable, applicants must have proof of a written and updated NRCS Conservation Plan (flower growers and aquaculture operations are excluded from this requirement).
Developing a plan will qualify you to apply to AEEP, as well as USDA financial assistance programs to install the recommended practices.
Please contact your local NRCS office to start the conservation plan. There is no charge for conservation planning.
The application period for FY2014 is now open. If interested in applying, please complete application and submit with any documentation by the April 30th, 2013 deadline.
Grants and Funding Programs
- Agricultural Energy Grant Program (Ag-Energy)
- Agricultural Environmental Enhancement Program (AEEP)
- Matching Enterprise Grants for Agriculture Program (MEGA)
- APR Improvement Program (AIP)
- Farm Energy Discount Program
- Farm Viability Enhancement Program (FVEP)
- Massachusetts Emergency Food Assistance Program (MEFAP)