LINCOLN, Neb. – USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) field offices in Nebraska are open by phone appointment only until further notice. NRCS staff are available to continue providing one-on-one, customer-specific advice to producers to help them meet their unique conservation and business goals.
All USDA Service Centers, including those with NRCS field offices, are not currently accessible to customers in person.
NRCS staff are working with customers through phone, mail and online communications, and field work continues with appropriate social distancing to help producers with conservation planning and financial assistance through Farm Bill programs.
“Our team is here to work with you, and we are looking at every possible option and flexibility to support the conservation needs of Nebraska’s farmers and ranchers,” said NRCS State Conservationist Craig Derickson. “We want to continue our customer assistance while also taking precautionary measures to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.”
NRCS offers year-round continuous signup for its Farm Bill programs such as the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, Conservation Stewardship Program and the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program. Call respective NRCS field offices about sign up and application submission options. Nebraska field office contact information can be found at www.ne.nrcs.usda.gov.
Additionally, NRCS continues projects with partners, including universities, local and state governments, tribes, nonprofits, and others. NRCS will continue to award projects and to call for proposals for the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, Conservation Innovation Grants and the Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program.
Online services are available to customers with an eAuth account, which provides access to the farmers.gov portal where producers can view USDA farm loan information and payments and view and track certain USDA program applications and payments. Customers who do not already have an eAuth account can enroll at farmers.gov/sign-inOnline NRCS services are available to customers through the Conservation Client Gateway. Customers can track payments, report completed practices, request conservation assistance and electronically sign documents.
For the most current updates on available services and Service Center contact information, visit farmers.gov/coronavirus.