USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service has unveiled its new Conservation Concerns Tool on farmers.gov.
"Farmers and ranchers can use this tool to learn about different types of conservation concerns they might have impacting their land," said Kevin Norton, acting NRCS chief.
With plain language and illustrative photos, the tool provides a walk-through of conservation concerns related to soil, water, plants, animals, energy and air.
The application was developed with the feedback from 30 internal and external customers, Norton said.
"Our hope is that this is the beginning of a tool that farmers and ranchers will use tool to learn more about their resource concerns across their operations and resources we have at USDA to help them with their working land to keep them productive for generations to come," he said.
The application empowers customers to enhance their experience with staff, Norton said, before a demonstration of the tool during a digital conference call.
Once customers finish making their way through the tool, they can search for contact information for their area office. They can print the information for later contact or download and email a pdf to a staff contact.
"Without a doubt, farmers.gov is becoming one of USDA's leading digital applications and we'll continue to add . . . more tools that better serve our customers," Norton said.