CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — President Barack Obama signed into law a
continuing resolution that ended the recent lapse in government funding.
U.S. Department of Agriculture facilities are open and
resumed normal operations on Oct. 17.
All Illinois Natural Resources Conservation Service field
offices are open and conducting business with agricultural producers and
landowners. With offices now open, all conservation partners — mainly the county
Soil and Water Conservation Districts — also are back in the office and all can
be reached by normal means.
“We’re glad we can all get back to work and back to
business,” said Ivan Dozier, state conservationist.
The Illinois NRCS website is functioning as are the national
USDA and NRCS sites.
Dozier is optimistic that the continuing resolution will
permit fruitful budget and farm bill implementation discussions to address
issues and needs of ag producers in Illinois and the nation. The resolution
provides funding for several farm bill conservation programs, including the
Environmental Quality Incentives Program and the Conservation Stewardship
Dozier said that all his staff and teams across the state
were eager to get back to work and resume their job of working with farmers.
“We all take pride in providing both technical hands-on help
and program assistance to our clients,” he said. “We’ll just have some catching
up to do.”
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