New options available for signing and sharing USDA documents online
Last updated 10/14/2020 at 7:51am
From Montana USDA
BOZEMAN — Farmers and ranchers working with USDA’s Farm Service Agency or Natural Resources Conservation Service can now sign and share documents online in just a few clicks. By using Box or OneSpan, producers can digitally complete business transactions without leaving their homes or agricultural operations. Both services are free, secure and available for multiple FSA and NRCS programs.
“Box and OneSpan support social distancing measures while providing efficient, user-friendly options for our customers to conduct business with us without needing to interrupt the productivity of their workday,” FSA State Executive Director for Montana Mike Foster said.
“Given the critical goods and services our farmers and ranchers provide, any time saved or opportunity to streamline is a big win,” NRCS State Conservationist Tom Watson added.
About Box and OneSpan
Box is a secure, cloud-based site where FSA or NRCS documents can be managed and shared. Producers who choose to use Box can create a username and password to access their secure Box account, where documents can be downloaded, printed, manually signed, scanned, uploaded and shared digitally with service center staff. This service is available to any FSA or NRCS customer with access to a mobile device or computer with printer connectivity.
OneSpan is a secure eSignature solution for FSA and NRCS customers. Like Box, no software downloads or eAuthentication is required for OneSpan. Instead, producers interested in eSignature through OneSpan can confirm their identity through two-factor authentication using a verification code sent to their mobile device or a personalized question and answer. Once identity is confirmed, documents can be reviewed and e-signed through OneSpan via the producer’s personal email address. Signed documents immediately become available to the appropriate service center staff.
Box and OneSpan are both optional services for customers interested in improved efficiency in signing and sharing documents with USDA, and they do not replace existing systems using eAuthentication for digital signature. Instead, these tools provide additional digital options for producers to use when conducting business with FSA or NRCS.
Steps to get started
USDA service center staff are available to help producers get started with Box and OneSpan through a few simple steps. People can visit http://www.farmers.gov/service-locator to find their local office and let service center staff know they’re interested in signing and sharing documents through these new features. In most cases, one quick phone call will be all that is needed to initiate the process.
People can visit http://www.farmers.gov/mydocs to learn more about Box and OneSpan, steps for getting started, and additional resources for conducting business with USDA online.
To learn more about program flexibilities and Service Center status during the coronavirus pandemic, people can visit http://www.farmers.gov/coronavirus .