The Washington State Farm Service Agency serves the agricultural community through 25 county USDA service centers
and one state office
, located in Spokane. The Washington FSA State Committee and locally-elected county committees provide producer input to federal farm programs.
- List of county/state committees and their meeting schedules.
FSA helps to ensure a stable food supply for the nation by supporting American farmers. This is accomplished through the implementation of farm programs authorized by Congress.
The programs currently carried out in Washington State are categorized under the following headings.
To find out more about the rules and regulations related to FSA programs click here.
*FIRE RECOVERY* – FSA Offers Disaster Relief Programs for Farmers and Ranchers
- FSA asks farmers and ranchers to report and document losses. News.
- FSA can help offset financial costs associated with loss of livestock, feed, and more. News.
Position: 2 Program Technicians. Full-time.
Location: Dayton, WA and Walla Walla, WA
Salary range: $25,181 - $50,932 / Per Year
Closing date: Close of business Sept. 10 2014
Additional Washington State Positions
posted on USAJobs.
Acreage History and Yield Reports Sent to Producers to Prepare for New Farm Bill Programs
Farmers should start receiving letters with their current base acres, yields and 2009-2012 planting history. This information is important for base reallocation and to enroll in new programs like the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC). For more information click here
Drought Triggers Disaster Relief
The Secretary has given Adams, Benton, Chelan, Douglas, Ferry, Franklin, Grant, Kittitas, Lincoln, Okanogan and Walla Walla counties disaster designations due to drought. Farmers and ranchers in these counties and contiguous counties may be eligible for low interest, emergency loans
. Ranchers in the primary counties may also be eligible for financial assistance as part of the Livestock Forage Program
. Contact the county office for eligibility and program details.
Producers in the following counties may also be eligible for Emergency Haying and Grazing
of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) land with no reduction in the annual rental payment.
- Adams, Benton, Douglas, Franklin, Grant, Lincoln, Walla Walla, Yakima.
USDA Announces Programs to Conserve Sensitive Land and Help Beginning Farmers
FSA offers Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) contract extensions, Continuous CRP and the Transition Incentives Program (TIP) - news
Options for Expiring CRP Contracts Brochure
Farm Bill Renews livestock Disaster Relief Programs; Signup Starts April 15
The Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP), The Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) and the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm Raised Fish (ELAP) became permanent programs in the 2014 Farm Bill. FSA will accept applications for losses retroactive to Oct. 1, 2011. Signup starts April 15, 2014. News
2012 SURE Signup Announced
The Supplemental RevenueAssistance Payments Program (SURE)has been authorized for crops intended for 2012 harvest and for which losses occurred due to an eligible weather event on or before September 30, 2011. The signup isopen until August 29, 2014. More information
Tree Assistance Program (TAP) Available Beginning April 15
TAP provides financial assistance to qualifying orchardists and nursery tree growers to replant or rehabilitate eligible trees, bushes and vines damaged by natural disasters. FSA will accept applications for losses retroactive to Oct. 1, 2011. Signup starts April 15, 2014. News
Milk Income Loss Program Extended
The MILC extension protects dairy farmers enrolled in the program against income loss through Sept. 1, 2014, or until a new Margin Protection Program for dairy producers (MPP), established by the 2014 Farm Bill, is operational. More
FSA to Begin Accepting Marketing Assistance Loan and Loan Deficiency Applications
MALs and LDPs provide financing and marketing assistance for wheat, feed grains, soybeans, and other oilseeds, pulse crops, rice, peanuts, cotton, wool, mohair and honey. MALs provide producers interim financing after harvest to help them meet cash flow needs without having to sell their commodities when market prices are typically at harvest-time lows.
Resources Available for Small and Midsize Farmers
USDA has put together several resources for accessing capital, risk management and other issues. The information can be viewed here
This will be the last day to request a farm reconstitution updating producers’ farm structures to reflect their 2014 farm operation. The 2014 farm structure will be used for base and yield updates as well as ARC and PLC elections under the 2014 Farm Bill.
1/30/15 - Deadline to request early CRP contract termination
12/15/13 - Fall Seeded Crops
1/15/14 - Perennial Fruit, Berry and Grapes
7/15/14 - Spring Seeded Crops, CRP
5/1/14 – Ornamental nursery
9/02/14 – Artichokes; aquaculture; beets (for stecklings); cabbage (for seed or fresh); canola; carrots (for seed); cauliflower (for seed or fresh); Christmas trees; floriculture; mushrooms; onions (for seed, fresh or processing); rapeseed; rutabaga (for seed or fresh); turf grass sod; turnips (for seed or fresh); and any other fall planted crops not mentioned in other closing dates.
9/30/14 – Garlic; mint; perennial grazing, forage, mixed forage and forage seed crops; wheat.
11/20/14 - All Perennial crops not listed under the 9/30 category; asparagus; berries; grapes; honey; hops; tree fruits and nuts.
3/15/15 – Beets (for seed or fresh); buckwheat; camelina; carrots (for fresh or processing); mustard; radish (for seed or fresh); small grain forages (wheat, barley, oats, peas); and any other spring planted crops not mentioned in other closing dates.
NAP coverage should be purchased at least 30 days before the crop is planted, but no later than the application closing date.
NAP coverage cannot be offered on any crop for which Federal Crop Insurance is available in the county. If you have questions regarding NAP availability or NAP application closing dates, please contact your local FSA office
for more information.
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State Executive Director
Washington State FSA
316 W. Boone Avenue, Ste #568
Spokane, WA 99201-2350