Agricultural Environmental Management
AEM is a voluntary, incentive-based program that helps farmers make cost-effective and science-based decisions to help achieve business objectives. The program is led by local Soil and Water Conservation Districts with focus on local and watershed-wide environmental concerns, farm-specific conservation practices, and individual farm business objectives. Farmers work with local resource professionals to develop comprehensive farm plans using tiered process:
Tier 1: Inventory current activities, future plans and potential environmental concerns.
A short questionnaire summarizing current farm activities, identifies future plans, and identifies environmental conservation interests.
Tier 2: Document current land stewardship; assess and prioritize areas of concern.
Worksheets help farmers understand and document current environmental practices while assessing potential environmental concerns.
Tier 3: Develop conservation plans addressing concerns and opportunities tailored to farm goals.
Local teams of resource professionals help farmers develop environmental farm plans to address concerns identified in Tiers 1 & 2.
Tier 4: Implement plans utilizing available financial, educational and technical assistance.
AEM partners provide technical, educational and/or financial assistance to help farmers implement priority practices from their Tier 3 environmental farm plans.
Tier 5: Evaluate to ensure the protection of the environment and farm viability.
Opportunity to evaluate and update plans and/or implemented practices to ensure continued environmental conservation and farm viability.
Please visit the AEM website at www.nys-soilandwater.org/aem for more information or contact our office.
Grant opportunity for those
already with a Tier 3 AEM Plan in place:
Click HERE for details!