USDA Launches Tool To Provide Assistance To Local Ag Producers
ALBUQUERQUE – The US Department of Agriculture launched a new tool that will help the agricultural producers across the country request conservation technical and financial assistance without visiting their local USDA Service Center in person.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced yesterday that farmers, ranchers, and private forest landowners can now do business with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) through a new online portal. With the launch of Conservation Client Gateway, producers will have the ability to work with conservation planners online to access Farm Bill programs, request assistance, and track payments for their conservation activities.
“What used to require a trip to a USDA service center can now be done from a home computer through Conservation Client Gateway,” Vilsack said. “USDA is committed to providing effective, efficient assistance to its clients, and Conservation Client Gateway is one way to improve customer service.”
Conservation Client Gateway enables farmers, ranchers and private landowners to securely:
· Request NRCS technical and financial assistance
· Review and sign conservation plans and practice schedules
· Complete and sign an application for a conservation program
· Review, sign and submit contracts and appendices for conservation programs
· Document completed practices and request certification of completed practices
· Request and track payments for conservation programs; and
· Store and retrieve technical and financial files, including documents and photographs.
Conservation Client Gateway is entirely voluntary; giving producers a choice between conducting business online or traveling to a USDA service center. Visit the NRCS New Mexico website or stop by your local NRCS Service Center for assistance and more details.