USDA Addresses Its Digital Divide With Farmers

February 1, 2018 09:40 AM
 
USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue tours the Iowa cattle farm of Bill and Nancy Couser.

Paperwork is the bane of most every farmer, especially when it involves government forms. The USDA is looking to reduce that frustration with its new website Farmers.gov, launched just this morning by Sonny Perdue, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.

The website includes access to as well as content from the three agencies that make up the USDA Farm Production and Conservation arena: the Farm Service Agency, the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Risk Management Agency.

Perdue says the site will “have multiple features added over the coming months to allow agricultural producers to make appointments with USDA offices, file forms, and apply for USDA programs.”

However, don’t expect a lot of information at this point as the site just went live this morning, and some links are not yet operable.

In a press release, Perdue says, “New functions will be added shortly, including an interactive calendar, farming success stories, an online appointment feature, digital forms, and a business data dashboard. Additionally, when the 2018 Farm Bill is signed into law, there will be plain language program descriptions and a tool to determine eligibility.”

 

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Gerard Zenk
Sand Creek , MI
2/2/2018 06:33 AM
 

  Thanks for going tech

 
 
Joseph Haefeli
Ithaca, NY
2/2/2018 09:30 AM
 

  There is sad irony that doing business digitally is permeating every aspect of our lives, yet we still have one of the slowest, most incomplete internet networks of any developed country. Expensive too! If using the internet is going to an inescapable part of doing business, we need to finally admit the internet is a necessary utility just like electricity and get busy wiring the country in a manner that befits the U.S.A. We've done this before; we can do this again!

 
 
stephen j. prissel
Ripon, WI
2/2/2018 11:19 AM
 

  I am not happy with this digital revolution! Many farmers I work with have their time already filled and to expect them to adapt to the digital process, especially when it does not work all the time is insane. Also the fact that nothing is secure as to information is another problem to farmers participating in this so called more efficient way of doing business. Some farmers tell me that USDA is just working against the farmer but for the traders. At 3.50corn what farmer can afford to hire someone to do the paper work???

 
 

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