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MADISON - Farmers, and private landowners can now do business with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) through an easily accessible online portal. Recently, entities have also been added as eligible online customers.

Conservation Client Gateway gives producer and entities the ability to work with conservation planners online to access Farm Bill programs, request assistance, and track payments for their conservation activities. Producers can log in to see maps of their farm, complete applications and signatures online and more.

Over 115 producers have already taken advantage of the new portal in Wisconsin.

“What used to require a trip to a USDA Service Center can now be done from a home computer through our online Conservation Client Gateway,” said Maggie Rhodes, Acting Wisconsin State Conservationist. “Our goal is to make it easy and convenient for farmers to work with USDA by offering more options.”

The portal enables farmers and private landowners to securely:

•    Request NRCS technical and financial assistance;
•    Review and sign conservation plans and practice schedules;
•    Complete and sign an application for a conservation program;
•    Review, sign and submit contracts and appendices for conservation programs;
•    Document completed practices and request certification of completed practices;
•    Request and track payments for conservation programs; and
•    Store and retrieve technical and financial files, including documents and photographs.

Conservation Client Gateway is entirely voluntary, giving producers a choice between conducting business online or traveling to a USDA Service Center. Customers can log in 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to electronically sign documents, apply for conservation programs, access conservation plans, report practice completion, or track the status of conservation payments.

Through Conservation Client Gateway, producers have their conservation information at their fingertips and they can save time and gas money by reducing the number of trips to USDA Service Centers.

Conservation Client Gateway is available to individual landowners and business entities, such as Limited Liability Corporations. It is part of the agency’s ongoing Conservation Delivery Streamlining Initiative, which will feature additional capabilities in the future.

To sign up for Conservation Client Gateway, visit: www.nrcs.usda.gov/clientgateway and then click Get Started.

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