Illinois farmers can sign up to receive email and text messages about USDA loans, farm disaster assistance, conservation programs, crop insurance and other programs directly from local USDA offices. The expanded service now includes the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Risk Management Agency and other agencies.

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Farmers may subscribe for emails and texts by location and by topic, such as soil health, farm loans, safety net programs and disaster assistance.To sign up, visit farmers.gov/subscribe and choose to get emails, text message alerts or both. Select preferences to receive information by topic, state and local service center. Multiple counties and states may be selected.