Farmers in our area have really embraced the new forms of electronic technology. A lot of farm families now have a computer and Internet service.
More and more of you are getting your grain or milk prices electronically, and the majority of you are able to check the weather forecasts on your smartphones.
Wow, things have changed since grandpa’s time! Keeping up with the times is now a little easier using the Farm Service Agency’s GovDelivery system. GovDelivery is the new email notification system that FSA is now using to deliver program information and news updates electronically.
GovDelivery is a one-stop shop for the most up-to-date USDA program information. Through FSA’s GovDelivery electronic news service, you have lots of options to choose exactly how you would like to receive federal farm program information.
Options include receiving updates by topic, by state, and/or by individual county. When you go online to subscribe to the email service, you can select as many subscriber options as you want.
This is a great feature for those of you who farm land in several counties or across state lines because it allows you to receive updates from each specific county in which you operate or have an interest.
Anyone can sign up for the GovDelivery system to receive free USDA information. The GovDelivery system allows farmers, bankers, crop insurance agents — practically anyone interested in receiving program updates and reminders within USDA agencies to sign up to receive information electronically.
FSA is utilizing GovDelivery to electronically provide agency news updates and program reminders directly to the customer’s inbox, smartphone and through text messaging.
Customers who do not wish to use the GovDelivery system will still receive some information in the mail; however, direct mailings will be severely reduced in this new electronic age. FSA will rely on newspaper media and local radio to get information out.
With so much discussion about the farm bill this year, it will be important for FSA to communicate with our customers about new program announcements or if legislation has extended our current programs.
Signing up for email notifications from FSA is very easy. You can either visit or phone your local FSA office and register for free email updates or from your farm office, go online to www.fsa.usda.gov/subscribe and follow the online options.
You will be asked to provide your current email address and cell phone number.
That’s all for now, FSA Andy