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NRCS Back Open For Business

Date: October 17, 2013

Champaign, IL-- President Obama signed into law a continuing resolution that ended the recent lapse in government funding. USDA facilities are open and resumed normal operations on Thursday, October 17, 2013. All Illinois NRCS Field Offices are open and conducting business with agricultural producers and landowners. With offices now open, all conservation partners—mainly the local county Soil and Water Conservation Districts—are also back in the office and all can be reached by normal means.

“We’re glad we can all get back to work and back to business,” says State Conservationist Ivan Dozier. The Illinois NRCS website is functioning as are the national USDA and NRCS sites.

Dozier is optimistic that the Continuing Resolution will permit fruitful budget and Farm Bill implementation discussions to address issues and needs of ag producers in Illinois and the nation.  The Resolution provides funding for several Farm Bill conservation programs, including the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP).

Dozier confirms that all his staff and teams across the state were eager to get back to work and resume their job of working with farmers. “We all take pride in providing both technical hands-on help and program assistance to our clients. We’ll just have some catching up to do.”

Illinois producers and partners are invited to contact their local NRCS staff by either telephone or a visit to the county office to attend to conservation issues they may have.

Visit www.il.nrcs.usda.gov to learn more.