The Launch of Farmers.gov Helps NRCS Continue its Commitment to Help People Help the Land
DENVER, CO – March 20, 2018- Ag Day is every day for USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The Agency works on a voluntary basis, directly with farmers, ranchers, natural resource, and conservation partners to help get sound conservation practices onto private lands that enhance the quality and increase the efficiency of soil, water, air, plants, and animal habitat. National Ag Day was created 45 years ago and since then, the NRCS has been a proud supporter of its message and mission.
The theme for Ag Day 2018 is American Agriculture is Food for Life—good for life. The NRCS couldn’t agree more. It’s a day to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by the agricultural industry.
“With so many efforts like National Ag Day, Farm to Table, and Earth Day, more and more people have a greater understanding about where their food originates and that means a greater appreciation for agriculture,” said Petra Popiel, NRCS State Public Information Officer for Colorado. “NRCS offers a variety of opportunities as well as technical and financial assistance to landowners that help support the sustainability of the natural resources that the Ag industry depends upon.”
One of the most recent ventures to further assist Ag producers was launched by USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue. A new website – farmers.gov was developed to better serve America’s farmers, ranchers, and foresters. The Department is developing this website to pull together resources from the NRCS, the Farm Service Agency, and the Risk Management Agency. The site is intended to deliver information, tools, and first-hand advice to better serve the needs of those who grow our food, fiber, flora, and fuel.
“Farmers.gov is in the early stages of development,” Popiel goes on to say. “This coming summer however, the site will serve as a one-stop shop to get information, online services, and access to resources. Folks are encouraged to visit the site regularly to see new additions in the coming months.”