VineBalance's Link to AEM
New York's Agricultural Environmental Management (AEM) Program is a voluntary, incentive-based program that helps farm operators make common-sense, cost-effective and science-based decisions that help meet business objectives while protecting and conserving the State’s natural resources. Strong partnerships at the local, state and federal levels have led to the growing success of AEM, linking existing agricultural and natural resource service agencies together with the farmer as a cooperative team. As the umbrella program for all of New York’s agricultural conservation efforts, AEM also lays the groundwork for participation in other state, federal and locally administered programs. With close to 10,000 farms enrolled in 54 counties across the state, AEM is continually expanding as new assessment tools are tailored to meet the needs of all types and sizes of agricultural operations.
VineBalance’s New York Guide to Sustainable Viticulture Practices Grower Self-assessment Workbook is recognized and endorsed by the AEM Program of the New York State Soil & Water Conservation Committee and New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets as the official Tier 2 Assessment Worksheets for vineyards.
For more information about the AEM Program, visit their website at: www.agmkt.state.ny.us/soilwater/aem