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USDA Continues Conservation Planning and Programs for America’s Farmers and Ranchers

Contact:
Stuart Ashby Lee
919.873.2107


NRCS Services Available by Phone Appointment Only

Raleigh, NC,  April 3, 2020 – USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) field offices in North Carolina are open by phone appointment only until further notice, and NRCS staff are available to continue to provide one-on-one, customer-specific advice to producers to help them meet their unique conservation and business goals.

All USDA Service Centers, including those with NRCS field offices, are not currently accessible to customers in person.

NRCS staff are working with customers through phone, mail and online communications, and field work continues with appropriate social distancing to help producers with conservation planning and financial assistance through Farm Bill programs. Farmers, ranchers and other USDA customers in North Carolina can also work remotely with NRCS through Conservation Client Gateway (CCG), a secure web portal. To prevent the spread of coronavirus, CCG is a great option for agricultural producers to work with NRCS, whether they are operating as individuals or authorized members of business entities. Customers can track NRCS payments, report completed practices, request conservation assistance, and electronically sign documents through the tool at: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/cgate/ [nrcs.usda.gov] .

“Our team is here to work with you, and we are looking at every possible option and flexibility to support the conservation needs of North Carolina farmers and ranchers,” said NRCS State Conservationist Timothy Beard. “We want to continue our customer assistance while also taking precautionary measures to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.”

NRCS offers year-round continuous signup for its Farm Bill programs such as the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, Conservation Stewardship Program and the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program. Call respective NRCS field offices about sign up and application submission options.

Additionally, NRCS continues projects with partners, including universities, local and state governments, tribes, nonprofits, and others. NRCS will continue to award projects and to call for proposals for the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, Conservation Innovation Grants and the Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program.

Online services are available to customers with an eAuth account, which provides access to the farmers.gov [farmers.gov] offsite link imageportal where producers can view USDA farm loan information and payments and view and track certain USDA program applications and payments. Customers who do not already have an eAuth account can enroll at farmers.gov/sign-in [farmers.gov] 

For the most current updates on available services and Service Center contact information,visit farmers.gov/coronavirus [gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com]. offsite link image

For more information about NRCS in North Carolina visit us on the web at www.nc.nrcs.usda.gov [nc.nrcs.usda.gov]