Supporting a State Assistance Program Using the Georgia Farm*A*Syst Program
This paper addresses methods for the State of Georgia to increase the impact of federal and state dollars, in the event that a state cost share program is enacted. The Georgia Farm Assessment System (Farm*A*Syst) self-assessments are a powerful tool when used in combination with a states' available assistance programs and educational resources. The value of cost share programs can be improved using the Georgia Farm*A*Syst self-assessments by increasing the environmental impacts per dollar invested through conservation practices. Georgia Farm*A*Syst serves as a method to identify and prioritize the risks for causing environmental, health, economic, and/or regulatory problems. By targeting- the corrective action to this risk area, Farm*A*Syst guarantees that federal and state funding are effectively supporting the agricultural sector's ability to protect the environment and improve water quality.