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.
Position: Temporary Office Assistant
Location: Prosser, WA
Salary: Based on qualifications
Closing Date: April 17 2015
for WA positions on USAJobs site
USDA to Issue Disaster Assistance to Help Honeybee and Livestock Producers
The Farm Service Agency will distribute about $600,000 in federal disaster assistance through the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) to agricultural producers affected by wildfires and other natural disasters in Washington state last year. Wildfires, drought-related grasshopper infestations and colony collapse caused about 70 producers to lose livestock forage or suffer loss of honeybees. More information
USDA Provides Greater Protection for Fruit, Vegetable and Other Specialty Crop Growers
Greater protection is now available from the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program for crops that traditionally have been ineligible for federal crop insurance. The new options, created by the 2014 Farm Bill, provide greater coverage for losses when natural disasters affect specialty crops such as vegetables, fruits, mushrooms, floriculture, ornamental nursery, aquaculture, turf grass, ginseng, honey, syrup, and energy crops.
If the application deadline for an eligible crop has already passed, producers will have until Jan. 14, 2015, to choose expanded coverage through the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program.
USDA Announces New Risk Management Programs
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack unveiled the highly anticipated new Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs to help farmers better manage risk, ushering in one of the most significant reforms to U.S. farm programs in decades.
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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.
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
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.
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