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: Program Technician, Temporary
Location: Walla Walla, WA
Salary: Based on qualifications
Closing Date: December 14, 2015
For a complete description of, or to apply for, this position, contact: County Ex. Dir. Kelley Betts at (509) 522-6347 or firstname.lastname@example.org
for WA positions on USAJobs site
FSA County Committee Elections
Farmers and ranchers who want local input on federal farm programs have until December 7, 2015 to vote in the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency county committee election.
Local Administrative Area (LAA) map
for WA State
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
USDA Commits $2.5 Million to Expand New Farmer Education
$2.5 million in grants is now available for projects to educate new and underserved farmers. News
Producers Encouraged to Report Fire Losses to FSA
2015 Drought Assistance Brochure
to view the 2015 Drought Assistance Brochure. The brochure was created in collaboration with multiple United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) agencies to help producers mitigate drought damage on their land. The brochure highlights programs and services available to producers in the midst of drought.
Drought Prompts Federal Assistance for Farmers and Ranchers
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency will make Livestock Forage Program (LFP) payments to multiple counties. Click here
for program information and check the map linked below to see if your county is implementing the program.
- Map of Washington counties eligible for ECP
- Map of Washington counties eligible for CRP Emergency Haying and Grazing
- Map of Washington counties eligible for Livestock Forage Program (LFP)
- Map of Washington counties eligible for Emergency Loans
Enrollment for 2016 Dairy Marginal Protection Program Begins July 1
Starting July 1, 2015, dairy farmers can enroll in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Margin Protection Program for coverage in 2016. The voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides financial assistance to participating dairy operations when the margin – the difference between the price of milk and feed costs – falls below the coverage level selected by the farmer. The enrollment period for the program ends on Sept. 30, 2015, for 2016 coverage. The enrollment deadline has been extended to Nov. 20, 2015. Click here
for news about the deadline extension.
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.
USDA Opens Enrollment Period for Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage Safety-Net Programs
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that eligible producers may formally enroll in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for 2014 and 2015. The enrollment period begins June 17, 2015, and will end Sept. 30, 2015.
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
11/2/15 - ELAP application deadline for losses that occurred prior to Oct. 1, 2015
11/9/15 - County Committee Election ballots mailed to voters
11/20/15 - MPP-Dairy enrollment deadline EXTENDED
11/20/15 - Ranking period deadline for CRP Grasslands Initiative
11/20/15 - Ranking Period deadline for FSA Outreach grants
12/7/15 - Last day to return County Committee Election ballots to FSA
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
8/31/15 –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.
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State Executive Director
Contact us at:
Washington State FSA
316 W. Boone Avenue, Ste #568
Spokane, WA 99201-2350