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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.

 
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.

 

 

 
Employment Opportunities

 
Position: Program Technician, Temporary
Location: Ritzville, WA
Salary: Based on qualifications
Closing Date: February 8, 2016

 

 
Position: Program Technician, Temporary
Location: Chehalis, WA
Salary: Based on qualifications
Closing Date: January 29, 2016

 

 
Direct Link for WA positions on USAJobs site

 
In the 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

 

 

 
USDA Shares 2015 Results: Building a Stronger Rural America through Partnership, Progress and Promise
This year, millions of rural businesses and families were positively impacted by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) investments in their communities. News

 

 

 
USDA Improves Access to Capital for Tribal Farmlands with Multiple Owners
USDA is expanding the availability of farm loans for Indian tribes and members to purchase tribal farmland that has multiple owners. The 2014 Farm Bill allows USDA to provide revolving loan funds to qualified intermediary lenders that can relend the funds to qualified tribes and individuals. News

 

 

 

 
USDA Begins 49th Enrollment Period for the Conservation Reserve Program
General enrollment period for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) begins Dec. 1, 2015 and ends on Feb. 26, 2016. December 2015 also marks the 30th anniversary of CRP, a federally-funded program that assists agricultural producers with the cost of restoring, enhancing and protecting certain grasses, shrubs and trees to improve water quality, prevent soil erosion and reduce loss of wildlife habitat. News
Program fact sheet
Washington Conservation Priority Area map

 

 
USDA Issues ARC/PLC Payments
The USDA Farm Service Agency has begun issuing financial assistance for the 2014 crop year to those agricultural producers who are participating in the new safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill. The new programs, known as Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC), are designed to protect against unexpected drops in crop prices or revenues due to market downturns. News

 

 

 
Producers Encouraged to Report Fire Losses to FSA

 

 

 
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

 
2/1/16 - Deadline to submit completed application and documentation for the Livestock Indemnity Program

 

 
2/1/16 - Deadline to submit completed application and documentation for the Livestock Forage Program

 

 
2/1/16 - Deadline to request administrative county change for ARC-Co

 

 
2/26/16 - General CRP signup ends

 

 
3/31/16 - Deadline to request a commodity marketing assistance loan (MAL) or loan deficiency payment (LDP) for 2015 harvested crops of barley, canola, crambe, flaxseed, honey, oats, rapeseed, wheat, or sesame seed

 

 
CROP ACREAGE REPORTING DATES FOR 2015 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 2016 CROPS

 
8/31/15 –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.

 
9/30/15 Extended to 11/13/15 – Garlic; mint; perennial grazing, forage, mixed forage and forage seed crops; wheat.

 

 
11/20/15 - All Perennial crops not listed under the 9/30 category; asparagus; berries; grapes; honey; hops; tree fruits and nuts.

 
3/15/16 – 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.

 

 

 
Customer Comments

 
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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
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