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.
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2015 Drought Assistance Brochure
to view the 2015 Drought Assistance Brochure. The brochure was created in collaboration with multiple United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) agencies to help producers mitigate drought damage on their land. The brochure highlights programs and services available to producers in the midst of drought.
Drought Prompts Federal Assistance for Farmers and Ranchers
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency will make Livestock Forage Program (LFP) payments to eligible ranchers in Adams, Benton, Columbia, Franklin, Grant, Klickitat, Walla Walla and Yakima counties. Click here
to read more.
Additionally, Garfield and Kittitas counties are now eligible for LFP.
Enrollment for 2016 Dairy Marginal Protection Program Begins July 1
Starting July 1, 2015, dairy farmers can enroll in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Margin Protection Program for coverage in 2016. The voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides financial assistance to participating dairy operations when the margin – the difference between the price of milk and feed costs – falls below the coverage level selected by the farmer. The enrollment period for the program ends on Sept. 30, 2015, for 2016 coverage.
Launching the Celebration – 30 Years of Conservation
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 http://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.
USDA Opens Enrollment Period for Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage Safety-Net Programs
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that eligible producers may formally enroll in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for 2014 and 2015. The enrollment period begins June 17, 2015, and will end Sept. 30, 2015.
Farm Service Agency Seeks Committee Nominees
Farmers and ranchers have an opportunity to influence federal farm programs with their local knowledge. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency is seeking nominations for farmers and ranchers willing to represent their peers on the agency’s county committees. All county FSA offices will accept nominations through August 3, 2015 for this fall's elections.
Proposed Rule to Limit Farm Program Payments
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a rule to limit farm payments to non-farmers, consistent with requirements Congress mandated in the 2014 Farm Bill. The proposed rule limits farm payments to individuals who may be designated as farm managers but are not actively engaged in farm management. The deadline to submit comments on the proposed rule is May 26, 2015.
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
3/31/15 – Deadline to request a commodity marketing assistance loan (MAL) or loan deficiency payment (LDP) for harvested crops of barley, canola, crambe, flaxsee, honey, oats, rapeseed, wheat or sesame seed.
4/7/15 – EXTENDED Base acre reallocation and yield updates
4/7/15 – EXTENDED Deadline to make a one-time election between ARC and PLC for the 2014 through 2018 crop years.
6/1/15 – Deadline to request a commodity marketing assistance loan (MAL) or loan deficiency payment (LDP) for 2014 harvested crops of corn, dry peas, grain sorghum, lentils, mustard seed, rice, safflower seed, chickpeas, soybeans and sunflower seeds.
6/1/15 - Deadline to certify conservation compliance to remain eligible for crop insurance subsidy.
8/3/15 - Deadline to submit nominations for county committee elections.
12/15/14 - Fall Seeded Crops
1/15/15 - Perennial Fruit, Berry and Grapes
7/15/15 - Spring Seeded Crops, CRP
Note - Producers have until January 14 to request buy-up for those crops for which the NAP application closing date has passed. (For WA state, crops with the 8/31 and 9/30 and 11/20 deadlines)
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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Contact us at:
Washington State FSA
316 W. Boone Avenue, Ste #568
Spokane, WA 99201-2350