The agency’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is launching the Conservation Client Gateway, an internet tool that allows interaction with NRCS without leaving the home or office.
Ramon Ortiz, with NRCS, says the online service benefits both farmers and the federal agency.
“They can request technical assistance, also financial assistance. Now, we can spend more time working with other producers and we’re not attached to staying at the field office,” Ortiz says.
There’s also an e-signature feature so farmers won’t have to make a special trip just to sign a form. However, USDA NRCS Chief Jason Weller says the agency will continue to offer face-to-face service.
“We’ll still provide that one-on-one personal assistance where we’ll be able to come out to your operation, your farm or ranch, and provide that conservation planning, that conservation delivery, that you expect from us,” Weller says.
About 93% of Nebraska’s land, some 45-million acres, is used for agriculture and nearly 47,000 farms.