The Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced it will offer information to farmers and ranchers via their mobile phones.
The technology improvements will allow users of FSA information to gain access to easy-to-read data, including 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.
"As an increasing number of farmers and ranchers move to mobile devices and other high-tech tools, we need to keep pace by investing in the best possible customer service while making the best use of taxpayer resources," says Michael Scuse, Acting Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services.
According to Scuse, the mobile website is an added convenience for farmers and an effective way for the USDA to deliver news and program information on a variety of agriculture issues.
The mobile site organized the information on the website to make for easier reading from 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 another option for receiving program information, such as eligibility requirements, and deadlines. These features can be accessed through a free electronic news service.
By signing up for the free online communication through GovDelivery, farmers and ranchers can receive news via email, directly to their home, farm office or mobile devices. The site allows producers can set their own preferences by choosing to receive federal farm program and farm loan information by topic, by state, and/or by county. Producers can also select as many subscriber options as they want, which allows them access to information from multiple counties or across state lines.
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