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Conservation Corner

Online Conservation Solutions @ NRCS

Tue, August 02, 2016

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has been helping private landowners address soil- and water-related issues for more than 80 years. But NRCS also works hard to stay on top of changing technologies and offers modern ways of doing business. That is precisely why we improved our Conservation Client Gateway CCG online options. Client Gateway now works on mobile devices like tablets and smartphones.

Conservation Client Gateway (CCG) is a new online option for farmers to communicate and conduct business with their local USDA Service Center team. NRCS is ready to do business with today’s modern farmers in the digital age.  For farmers involved with conservation programs like the Environmental Quality Incentives Program or Conservation Stewardship Program, they can establish a secure account and send messages, apply for programs, electronically sign documents, and even track payments.


If farmers can control the operation of their irrigation systems from their smartphone they can handle signing conservation contracts through Gateway. 


Even if farmers only log in occasionally to review or electronically sign a document, it can save a trip into town.  The tool is safe to use, it’s safe for all your information, and will make doing business with NRCS a little easier. Once farmers sign up for it, they can use it as little or as much as they want. When you can come into the Service Center office, come in and see us. When you can’t, tap into Conservation Client Gateway.


I see this as a real benefit and time saver if a client has an EQIP or CSP contract.  Instead of us having to have the client come in to the office or us make a trip out to the farm to obtain a signature on an application for payment, they can sign the application for payment online.  Saving some time for us and them.


Just visit http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/clientgateway and click on “Get Started.” Activate your account, verify your identity, then log on and begin using the program. CCG works with home computers, laptops, and mobile devices, such as tablets or smartphones. You must have an individual USDA Client Record that includes your current email address and primary phone number.


Right now, CCG is only available for use by individual landowners. If you do business with USDA as a partnership, business or entity, be patient. NRCS is working to modify the tool and have that option available soon. “We already use computers and smartphones to pay bills and get things done. Why not use it to help get conservation solutions on the ground?” Dozier said.


To learn more, access “How To Set Up Your Client Gateway Account” at http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/il/newsroom/factsheets/?cid=nrcs141p2_034383
or contact your local NRCS staff.

 

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