USDA Farm Service Agency expands and improves information available at farmers.gov
News from the Farm Service Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture:
If you’ve been to farmers.gov before, things may look a little different from the last time you were there. Changes have been made to improve how you find information so that you can find what you need more easily and efficiently. There’s a feedback button on every page of the site and based on feedback, they look for ways to make the site easier to use.
Producers with farmers.gov accounts can now access farm records and maps online, the latest self-service feature added to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) website.
Your land information may be accessed via desktop computer, tablet or phone. Capabilities include:
View, print and export detailed farm records such as cropland, base acres, yields, CRP acres, and land ownership details;
View, print and export farm/tract maps that can be provided to lenders, chemical or fertilizer providers, and FSA for reporting acreage and crop insurance agents; and
Export common land unit (field) boundaries as ESRI shapefiles.
The ability to access these records on demand without a visit to the service center saves users time and money. The site now includes popular functionalities from FSAFarm+, the FSA portal for producers, while providing enhanced functionality and an improved user experience. A new enhancement expands the scope of accessibility to include farmers and ranchers who are members of an entity, as well as people with a power of attorney form (FSA-211) on file with FSA.
Managing USDA Business Online:
Using farmers.gov, producers, entities and those acting on their behalf can:
View, upload, download, and e-sign conservation documents.
Request financial assistance, including submitting a program application.
View and submit conservation requests.
View technical references and submit questions.
Access information on current and past conservation practices, plans and contracts.
Report practice completion and request practice certification.
View farm loan and interest information (producers only).
Future plans include adding the ability to import and view other shapefiles, such as precision agriculture planting boundaries.
To access your information, you will need a USDA eAuth account. After obtaining an eAuth account, producers should visit farmers.gov and sign into the site’s authenticated portal via the Sign In/Sign Up link at the top right of the website. Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Microsoft Edge are the recommended browsers to access the feature.
In addition to the self-service features, the website also has ample information on USDA programs, including pandemic assistance, farm loans, disaster assistance, conservation programs and crop insurance. Recently, USDA updated the navigation and organization of the site as well as added some new webpages.