Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman has announced the availability of the Web site My.USDA.gov, which will allow individual users to customize the USDA home page for their unique needs.

“eGovernment is an important part of President Bush's management agenda to improve the operations of government,” Veneman said. “My.USDA.gov is the latest installment of USDA's efforts to provide customers with the latest information they need more quickly and easily.”

The initiative began with a new Web page. The new look was followed by improved functionality. Farmers are able to view their contracts in various conservation programs, payments under commodity programs and information on loans and crop insurance.

A customized page can be created in three easy steps at www.usda.gov by signing up for an ID.