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.
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FSA County Committee Elections
Farmers and ranchers can have local input on federal farm programs. Nominate a candidate for your local Farm Service Agency county committee. The nomination deadline is Aug. 1, 2016.
- Link to election information and nomination forms.
- WA Local Administrative Area (LAA) map of open areas in 2016 election.
USDA Announces General CRP Signup Results
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the enrollment of more than 800,000 acres in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) through the program’s 49th sign up period. News
Options for Expiring CRP land brochure
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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
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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State Executive Director
Contact us at:
Washington State FSA
316 W. Boone Avenue, Ste #568
Spokane, WA 99201-2350