Tuesday, February 14

USDA Offers Mobile Access and More Efficient Online Tools for Farmers and Ranchers

Baton Rouge, LA— Farmers and Ranchers now have a more efficient and timely option for receiving important Farm Service Agency (FSA) program eligibility requirements, deadlines and related information. USDA/FSA is now offering free online communications through GovDelivery electronic news service.

Acting Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Michael Scuse announced on Feb. 10, a package of technology enhancements from the Farm Service Agency that includes Web access for handheld and smartphone users, as well as a more efficient and timely option for receiving news and critical program information. The technology improvements will allow users of FSA information to gain access to easy-to-read data, including key features such as loan deficiency payment (LDP) rates, posted county prices (PCP), FSA news releases and AskFSA, the agency’s online self-help knowledge base.

Like all websites, the FSA site is accessible through any device that connects to the Internet. The mobile site organizes the information on the website in a way that makes for easy reading on a small, hand-held screen. It does not require screen adjustments or constant scrolling and panning across the information.

In addition to the mobile website, FSA is now offering farmers and ranchers a more efficient and timely option for receiving critical program information. Such things as eligibility requirements, deadlines and related information can be accessed through an electronic news service hosted by GovDelivery.

By signing up for free online communications through GovDelivery, farmers and ranchers can receive news, via e-mail, directly to their home or farm office or to their mobile devices—allowing them to receive immediate notification of farm program news that is pertinent to their agricultural operation.

To access FSA’s mobile website visit www.fsa.usda.gov/mobile. To sign up for FSA’s GovDelivery electronic news service, visit www.fsa.usda.gov/subscribe.

For information on USDA’s Blueprint for Stronger Service, please visit www.usda.gov/strongerservice.

Visit http://content.govdelivery.com/bulletins/gd/USFSA-2e6c51 for full story.


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Bridget Udoh
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