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.
The Agricultural Act of 2014 (2014 Farm Bill) repeals certain programs, continues some programs with modifications and authorizes several new programs administered by the Farm Service Agency. Click here
for an overview of what is new.
Farm Bill Renews livestock Disaster Relief Programs; Signup Starts April 15
The Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP), The Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) and the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm Raised Fish (ELAP) became permanent programs in the 2014 Farm Bill. FSA will accept applications for losses retroactive to Oct. 1, 2011. Signup starts April 15, 2014. News
Tree Assistance Program (TAP) Available Beginning April 15
TAP provides financial assistance to qualifying orchardists and nursery tree growers to replant or rehabilitate eligible trees, bushes and vines damaged by natural disasters. FSA will accept applications for losses retroactive to Oct. 1, 2011. Signup starts April 15, 2014. News
Milk Income Loss Program Extended
The MILC extension protects dairy farmers enrolled in the program against income loss through Sept. 1, 2014, or until a new Margin Protection Program for dairy producers (MPP), established by the 2014 Farm Bill, is operational. More
FSA to Begin Accepting Marketing Assistance Loan and Loan Deficiency Applications
MALs and LDPs provide financing and marketing assistance for wheat, feed grains, soybeans, and other oilseeds, pulse crops, rice, peanuts, cotton, wool, mohair and honey. MALs provide producers interim financing after harvest to help them meet cash flow needs without having to sell their commodities when market prices are typically at harvest-time lows.
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
County Committee Election Results Posted
For a list of newly elected County Committee members, please click here
Soybean Producers to Vote on Referendum
USDA is offering soybean producers the opportunity to request a referendum on the Soybean Promotion and Research Order (Order), as authorized under the Soybean Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Act (Act). Soybean producers who want a referendum to determine whether to continue the Soybean Checkoff Program are invited to participate.
The Request for Referendum will be conducted at USDA's county Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices. Beginning May 5 and continuing through May 30, 2014, producers may obtain a form by mail, fax, or in person from the FSA county offices.
For more information, click here
FSA Advises Producers to Anticipate Payment Reductions Due to Mandated Sequester
USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) is reminding farmers and ranchers who participate in FSA programs to plan accordingly in FY2014 for automatic spending reductions known as sequestration.
To learn more about sequester reductions, click here
Historical Aerial Photographs Available
The USDA’s Aerial Photography Field Office (APFO) is making available high quality aerial photographs. The field office lab can print photos on site from more than 70,000 rolls of film acquired over the years of acquiring aerial photographs to support federal farm programs. Learn more or order from the APFO
Step by step ordering instructions
Existing MILC producers can request their FY2014 start month change and new dairy operations that began operation before April 14, 2014 can submit their request to participate in MILC.
Final date to report 2013 production for farms enrolled in 2013 ACRE.
12/15/13 - Fall Seeded Crops
1/15/14 - Perennial Fruit, Berry and Grapes
7/15/14 - Spring Seeded Crops, CRP
5/1/13 – Ornamental nursery
8/31/13 – Artichokes; aquaculture; beets (for stecklings); cabbage (for seed or fresh); canola; carrots (for seed, fresh or processing); 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.
9/30/13 – Garlic; mint; perennial grazing, forage, mixed forage and forage seed crops; wheat.
11/20/13 - All Perennial crops not listed under the 9/30 category (asparagus, berries, grapes, honey, hops, tree fruits and nuts.
3/15/14 – Beets (for seed or fresh); buckwheat; camelina; 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
Washington State FSA
316 W. Boone Avenue, Ste #568
Spokane, WA 99201-2350