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FSA unleashes new web access options

The national Farm Service Agency has released a package of technology enhancements that includes web access for handheld and smartphone users, as well as a more efficient and timely option for receiving news and critical program information.

The technology improvements will allow users of FSA information to gain access to easy-to-read data, including key features such as loan deficiency payment rates, posted county prices, FSA news releases and AskFSA, the agency's online self-help knowledge base.

The release underscores U.S. Department of Agriculture's Blueprint for Stronger Service, a plan introduced in January by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack that addresses the needs of American agriculture in a challenging budget climate, and lays out USDA's plans to modernize and accelerate service delivery while improving the customer experience through use of innovative technologies and business solutions.

Like all websites, the FSA site is accessible through any device that connects to the internet. The mobile site organizes the information on the website in a way that makes for easy reading on 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 a more efficient and timely option for receiving critical program information. Such things as eligibility requirements, deadlines and related information can be accessed through an electronic news service hosted by GovDelivery.

By signing up for free online communications through GovDelivery, farmers and ranchers can receive news, via email, directly to their home or farm office or to their mobile devices, allowing them to receive immediate notification of farm program news that is pertinent to their agricultural operation.

To access FSA's mobile website visit http://www.fsa.usda.gov/mobile. To sign up for FSA's GovDelivery electronic news service, visit http://www.fsa.usda.gov/subscribe. For information on USDA's Blueprint for Stronger Service, please visit http://www.usda.gov/strongerservice.





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