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USDA Expands Farmers.gov Features to Help Manage Conservation Activities

SALINA, Kansas, June 10, 2020—New self-service features on Farmers.gov will help producers manage their conservation activities online and request assistance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

“These conservation features join a number of others already available through Farmers.gov, including the ability to view farm loan information,” said Troy J. Munsch, Acting State Conservationist.  “As more content and capabilities are added, Farmers.gov is quickly becoming the online hub for producers to find resources, submit applications, and request assistance.”

Producers can access these conservation features by desktop computer, tablet, or phone.  They can now:

  • View, download, and e-sign documents;
  • Request conservation assistance;
  • Reference technical terms and submit questions;
  • Access information on current and past conservation practices; and
  • View detailed information on all previous and ongoing contracts, including the amount of planned and received cost-share assistance.

The new conservation features enhance the request process with a unified mapping tool that allows producers to locate areas of interest in minutes.  These areas come with high-resolution aerial imagery and a multi-layered display function.

The new features also include traditional features from NRCS Conservation Client Gateway (CCG) while providing enhanced functionality and an improved user experience.  CCG is the portal for producers, but now these functionalities are being moved to Farmers.gov to give producers one place to do business with NRCS, Farm Service Agency (FSA), and other USDA Agencies.

Managing Conservation Online

To access their information, producers will need a USDA eAuthentication (eAuth) account to login into Farmers.gov.  After obtaining an eAuth account, producers should visit Farmers.gov and sign into the site’s authenticated portal via the “Sign In / Sign Up” link at the top right of the website. Current CCG users can use their existing login and password to access the conservation features on Farmers.gov. CCG will continue to be actively maintained and supported until all core components have been migrated to Farmers.gov later this year.

Currently, only producers doing business as individuals can view information.  Entities, such as an LLC or Trust, or producers doing business on behalf of another customer, cannot access the portal at this time.  Future access is in development.

More Information

USDA is building Farmers.gov for producers, by producers.  Future self-service features available through the Farmers.gov portal include:

  • Authority for FSA and NRCS customers to work in the portal and act on behalf of their active power-of-attorney entitlements and their current authorities for business entities;

  • Updated e-sign capabilities to enhance the single and multi-signer functionalities; and

  • A robust document management system that enables customers to download, upload, and interact with their important conservation practices and contract documents.

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