Agricultural Environmental Management  

Agricultural Environmental Management, or AEM, is a voluntary, incentive-based program for farmers led by their local Soil and Water Conservation Districts. AEM provides farmers with technical and financial resources to pursue science-based solutions to conservation concerns. The program takes a farm-by-farm approach to solutions for conservation and protects the privacy of farms participating. AEM also allows farms to document their positive contributions to environmental sustainability, water quality, and soil health.  


For Farmers: 

Why AEM? 

AEM provides farmers with professionally trained conservation professionals who are qualified to address environmental stewardship concerns. Farms participating in AEM may also qualify for New York State Grown and Certified, which helps farmers market their products.  


How does AEM work? 

The AEM Program takes a five-tier approach to gauge existing environmental practices and create new, farm-specific conservation plans. 

  • Tier 1 – Inventory current activities, interests, and potential environmental concerns of the farmer.  
  • Tier 2 – Document current environmental stewardship and assess and prioritize areas of concern.  
  • Tier 3 – Develop conservation plans addressing concerns and opportunities tailored to farm goals.  
  • Tier 4 – Implement plans using available educational, technical, and financial assistance.  
  • Tier 5 – Evaluate practices and plans for conservation and farm viability. 


Case Studies 

— Roseview Dairy Farm 

— Hidden Canyon Farm 

— Mouton Farms 

— How-Bar Farms 


Let’s get started! 

Fill out a Tier 1 worksheet or stop in the office and we can get you one. 

AEM Tier 1 Worksheet 


Contact our Certified AEM Technicians! 


Ron Thorn
Ian Priestley


A link to our AEM 2021-2025 AEM Strategic Plan! 

More Information:

AEM Program PowerPoint Presentation

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