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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.
  • Washington FSA Summary of State and Counties - FSA maintains farm records for the purpose of verifying eligibility for federal farm program participation. From these records, FSA compiles a report which includes the number of farms, farm tracts, number of owners, crops grown and number of acres, and conservation acreage data. Report with information by county and for the state.

 
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.

 
FSA ensures the civil rights of every individual who requests access to programs administered by the agency.

 

 
Employment Opportunities
Position: Program Technician, Temporary
Location: Nespelem, WA
Salary: Based on qualifications
Closing Date: May 3, 2016

 

 
Position: Program Technician, Temporary
Location: Waterville, WA
Salary: Based on qualifications
Closing Date: May 6, 2016

 

 
Direct Link for WA positions on USAJobs site

 

 
In the News
USDA Offers New Loans for Portable Farm Storage and Handling Equipment
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide a new financing option to help farmers purchase portable storage and handling equipment. Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini and Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Administrator Elanor Starmer announced changes to the Farm Storage Facility Loan (FSFL) program during a local and regional food roundtable in Columbus, Ohio. The loans, which now include a smaller microloan option with lower down payments, are designed to help producers, including new, small and mid-sized producers, grow their businesses and markets. News

 

 
Whatcom County Service Center to Move
The Whatcom County FSA and NRCS offices will move the week of May 2. The new address will be 914 Citadel Drive, Ste C, Everson 98247. The new phone number for both agencies is 360-318-8121.
The Conservation District will continue to be located at the Hannegan address.
Map for new location.

 

 

 
USDA Establishes New Partnerships to Link Underserved Farmers to FSA Programs
The U.S. Department Agriculture (USDA) announced cooperative agreements with 55 partners to educate farmers and other producers that have been underserved by USDA programs historically about Farm Service Agency (FSA) programs that provide financial, disaster or technical support. Nearly $2.5 million will go to nonprofits, associations, universities, and foundations that will provide training and information on agricultural best practices, local networking opportunities, and more. News

 

 

 
USDA Expands Safety-Net for Dairy Operations Adding Next-Generation Family Members
Dairy farms participating in the Margin Protection Program (MPP) can now update their production history when an eligible family member joins the operation. The voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, protects participating dairy producers when the margin – the difference between the price of milk and feed costs – falls below levels of protection selected by the applicant. News

 

 

 
USDA Expands Microloans to Help Farmers Purchase Farmland and Improve Property
USDA expanded the Farm Service Agency microloan program, creating a new financing avenue for farmers to buy and improve property. These microloans will be especially helpful to beginning or underserved farmers, U.S. veterans looking for a career in farming, and those who have small and mid-sized farming operations. News

 

 

 
NAP Provides Financial Safety Net for Non-Insurable Crops
The Non-Insurable Crop Disaster Program (NAP) offers farmers financial relief when natural disasters cause losses to crops for which crop insurance is unavailable. The 2014 Farm Bill improved coverage levels and made it easier for beginning farmers, limited resource and traditionally underserved farmers to participate. Farmers must apply for the program by specific crop dates (see Important Dates below) and submit crop acreage reports.

 

 
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.

 
graphic of Farm Service Agency Conservation Reserve Program 30 logo

 

 

 
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.

 

 

 
IMPORTANT DATES AND DEADLINES

 

 
4/1/16 - 7/1/16 - Primary nesting season. During this time, prior approval of the County Committee is required to spot treat weeds in CRP.

 

 
4/15/16 - Deadline to request a waiver of administrative county.

 
5/31/16 - Deadline to request a commodity marketing assistance loan or loan deficiency payment.

 
CROP ACREAGE REPORTING DATES FOR 2016 CROP YEAR

 
11/15/15 – Perennial Forage
12/15/15 - Fall Seeded Crops
1/15/16 - Perennial Fruit, Berry and Grapes
7/15/16 - Spring Seeded Crops, CRP

 

 

 
NAP APPLICATION CLOSING DATES FOR 2017 CROPS

 
8/31/16 –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.

 
9/30/16– Garlic; mint; perennial grazing, forage, mixed forage and forage seed crops.

 

 
11/12/16 - All Perennial crops not listed under the 9/30 category; asparagus; berries; grapes; honey; hops; tree fruits and nuts.

 
3/15/17 – Artichokes, 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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Judy Olson
State Executive Director
Contact us at:
Washington State FSA
316 W. Boone Avenue, Ste #568
Spokane, WA 99201-2350
(509) 323-3000
State Office Directory

 

 

 

 


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