Oregon County Contact Information
To find the contact information for any Oregon County, please use the “County Office” link in the Browse by Subject box, on the left hand side of the screen.
At the Service Center Locator screen, click on the County of interest.
MPP-Dairy 2017 Enrollment Begins July 1
The Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy) is a voluntary risk management program that offers protection to dairy producers when the difference between the all milk price and the average feed cost (the margin) falls below a certain dollar amount selected by the producer.
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USDA Extends Deadline for Recording Farm Structure to July 1
Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a one-time, 30-day extension to the June 1 deadline for recording farm organization structures related to Actively Engaged in Farming determinations. This date is used to determine the level of interest an individual holds in a legal entity for the applicable program year. Farming operations will now have until July 1 to complete their restructuring or finalize any operational change. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued the extension in response to farmers and ranchers who requested more time to comply, and to assure that everyone has enough time to provide their information under the new rules.
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Opportunities to Change Your Farm's Administrative County
FSA reminds farm operators and/or owners that they have the option to move their farm records to a different administrative county.
A request for a change of a farm's administrative county effective for fiscal year 2016 must be made by August 1, 2016 in their local FSA Office.
Celebrating Women in Agriculture
USDA has recently developed a new tool that helps identify the impacts that women have in Agriculture, by State, as well as Nationally. Infographics showing what percentage of women farm in each state and nationally are included in this new tool, as are links to blogs in which powerful stories of women in agriculture are featured. In addition, links are provided to the Women in Agriculture Mentoring Network, where women can connect with other women leaders in agriculture all across the country.
Celebrating 30 Years of Conservation Reserve Program
2015 marks the 30th Anniversary of the Conservation Reserve program (CRP) and in recognition of this milestone; FSA has launched a commemorative website. The web address is www.fsa.usda.gov/CRPis30
We hope you’ll visit the site often to take an interactive, cross-country tour and see the nationwide impact of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) unfold virtually over the next several months.
Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP)
If you produce a specialty crop that is ineligible for crop insurance, we’ve got an improved program that can help protect against losses from weather and natural disasters.
The Non-Insured Crop Disaster Assistance program, or NAP, is now available, offering much more than in the past. Previously you were covered at 55 percent of the market price for losses exceeding 50 percent, but now you can cover 65 percent of your crop at 100 percent of the price.
For new, low-income or previously underserved farmers, there is free basic coverage, and higher coverage at discounted premiums.
2014 Farm Bill
The Agricultural Act of 2014 (the Act), also known as the 2014 Farm Bill, was signed by President Obama on Feb. 7, 2014. The Act repeals certain programs, continues some programs with modifications, and authorizes several new programs administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA). Most of these programs are authorized and funded through 2018.
For the latest on 2014 Farm Bill programs administered by FSA, please visit our Farm Bill website at www.fsa.usda.gov/farmbill
and for an FSA program overview please read, download and/or print our recently posted FSA Farm Bill Fact Sheet titled, What’s in the 2014 Farm Bill for Farm Service Agency Customers?
IMPORTANT DATES AND DEADLINES
07/01/16 - Deadline to record farm organization structures related to Actively Engaged in Farming determinations.
07/01/16 - The MPP-Dairy enrollment period for 2017 begins.
07/04/16 - Independence Day - Offices Closed
07/15/16 - Acreage Reporting Deadline for Spring Alfalfa Seed (planted 4/21-6/10), Onions (planted 2/15-5/15)
08/01/16 - Deadline to Enroll in the ARC/PLC Program
08/01/16 - Ballots for County Committee Elections must be Postmarked or Received at County FSA Office by this Date
08/01/16 - Last day to request a change of a farm's administrative county for the change to be effective fiscal year 2016
08/15/16 - Acreage Reporting deadline for Cabbage (planted 6/11 - 8/10)
09/05/16 - Labor Day - Offices Closed
09/30/16 - The MPP-Dairy enrollment period for 2017 ends.
Resources for Small and Mid-Sized Farmers
Small and midsize producers provide new opportunities for American agriculture across the country. USDA has created a website to provide small and midsize producers valuable resources and program information about access to capital, land management and conservation practices, managing risk, finding local markets, and other educational resources.
The website is:
Like all websites, the FSA site is accessible through any device that connects to the Internet. The Mobile site organizes the information on the website in a way that makes for easy reading on a small, hand-held screen. Read more
The Farm Service Agency Provides Assistance for Natural Disaster Losses, Resulting from Drought, Flood, Fire, Freeze, Tornadoes, Pest Infestation, and Other Calamities - Click Here for Further Information
Who we are:
The Farm Service Agency
is a federal agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture
. Located in all 50 states, our mission is to help American farmers provide reasonably priced food and fiber to the nation and the world.
In Oregon, the State Office is located in Tualatin, Oregon, just south of Portland. County Service Centers are located in 22 Oregon towns. For County Office phone numbers and addresses: County Information
The Farm Service Agency State Committee in Oregon oversees the activities of the agency. The members are appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture each year. They hear appeals from local farmers and guide the direction of agency policy.
The Oregon Farm Service Agency State Committee members are:
Sam Asai – Chair
Oregon FSA State Committee Members, from left to right: Jason Smith, STC Member; Anna Sullivan, STC Member; Sam Asai, STC Chairman; Vern Frederickson, STC Member, and Phil Ward, State Executive Director
Oregon’s FSA Executive Director, Phil Ward
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack appointed Phil Ward as State Executive Director (SED) for the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Oregon, June 23, 2014. Ward is a fifth generation Oregonian whose ancestors traveled the Oregon Trail in the late 1840s.
Phil Ward is no stranger to Oregon Agriculture. He earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Agricultural Education from Oregon State University and began his professional career as a high school agriculture teacher. He was named Oregon’s Outstanding Young Agricultural Teacher in 1983. Although Ward left teaching, he continued his service to the agriculture industry when he joined the Oregon Department of Agriculture, in 1984, as a Special Assistant to the Director. He was eventually promoted to Assistant Director of the Department, and in that role supervised the Natural Resource Policy Area of the agency and served as liaison to the Oregon Legislature.
In 1997, Ward left government service to become Executive Vice President of the Oregon Farm Bureau. In 1999, at the request of then Governor John Kitzhaber he returned to the Oregon Department of Agriculture as its Director. During his tenure, he led the implementation of Oregon’s groundbreaking Agricultural Water Quality Act and worked to increase markets for Oregon agricultural products in the Pacific Rim. In June 2004, he was appointed to serve as Director of the Oregon Water Resources Department by Governor Theodore Kulongoski. Governor Kitzhaber reaffirmed the appointment upon his return to office in 2011. In that role, he administered over 80,000 agricultural, industrial and municipal water rights.
As the State Executive Director for Oregon FSA, Phil Ward oversees all aspects of federal farm program implementation as delivered by Oregon FSA’s nearly 200 employees and producer-elected county committee members. FSA’s programs include those outlined in the Agricultural Act of 2014 (Farm Bill) signed into law by President Obama on Feb. 7, 2014.
Phil Ward and his wife Pam have three grown children. They currently live with two chocolate labs named Huck and Finn on a piece of the home farm near the Willamette River, south of the town of Independence.
Call or write to us at:
United States Department of Agriculture
Farm Service Agency
7620 SW Mohawk
Tualatin, Oregon 97062-8121
(503) 692-6830 Voice
(855) 824-6185 FAX