Base Funding Program

Farmers statewide are benefiting from the free environmental assessments performed by their local Soil & Water Conservation Districts. Photo: Barb Silvestri, NYSSWCC

Overview

AEM Base Funding

In 2004 the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, in partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture, the New York State Soil and Water Conservation Committee and County Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs), established the AEM Base Funding Program as a means to provide non-competitive funding to all interested Districts to develop five-year county level strategic plans. Today, the AEM Base Funding program continues to provide SWCDs with non-competitive funding to implement those plans. The AEM Base Funding initiative enables all Districts to participate at the same funding level, making it possible for more farms to participate in AEM, increase conservation planning activities, and protect past investments through conservation plan updates and BMP evaluation statewide.

AEM is valuable to all of NYs diverse agricultural industries including the Bays Farm in Ontario. County Photo: Barb Silvestri, NYSSWCC

Documents

AEM Base Year 8 (2012 2013) Program


Contract Policies

Funding Options and Annual Action Plan

Time Log

Final Report Form


Report Documents

Tier 1

Participating in AEM Tier 1

Tier 2

Participating in AEM Tier 2

AEM Tier 2 Summary Report

Tier 3A – A cumulative summary report and checklist for each farm planned and are required deliverables for receiving payment.

Participating in AEM Tier 3A

Core Planning Elements and Progressive Planning Components

Tier 3A Conservation Plan Content

Tier 3 Conservation Plan Checklist

Tier 4 – A cumulative summary report and checklist for each farm planned and are required deliverables for receiving payment.

Participating in AEM Tier 4

Tier 4 BMP System Implementation Documentation Form

Sample Tier 4 BMP System Implementation Documentation Form

Tier 5 – A cumulative summary report and checklist for each farm planned and are required deliverables for receiving payment.

Participating in AEM Tier 5A

Participating in AEM Tier 5B

Tier 5B Conservation Plan Evaluation Requirements Checklist

Tier 5B BMP Evaluation Requirements Checklist


Districts across the state developed strategic plans for protecting watersheds both within and across county lines.  Photo: Barb Silvestri, NYSSWCC

County AEM Strategic Plans

Top 10 Reasons for Updating your County AEM Strategy | pdf