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 Program. 

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.” 

More information is available by visiting www.il.nrcs.usda.gov.