Washington

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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.
  • 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.


Employment Opportunities

Direct Link for WA positions on USAJobs site


In the News
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.


Marketing Assistance Loans and Loan Deficiency Payment Reminder

FSA Marketing Assistance Loans can help grain producers meet cash flow needs without selling commodities when market prices are at harvest-time lows. In the current marketing environment for wheat, it may be a good time to contact your local FSA office to learn more about marketing loans and loan deficiency payments.

Wheat producers who are eligible for marketing loans are also eligible for loan deficiency payments (LDPs) should the posted county price fall below the county loan rate. You can purchase a commodity certificate that may be exchanged for the outstanding loan collateral. Unlike LDPs, use of commodity certificates does not affect payment limitations. You can check the daily LDP rates online at www.fsa.usda.gov.

For a commodity to be eligible for a loan, loan deficiency payment, or certificate, you must have beneficial interest in the commodity, defined as having title, possession and control of the commodity, and responsible for loss of or damage to the commodity. All related application forms must be completed at the local FSA office prior to loss of beneficial interest. Other eligibility requirements may apply; consult your local FSA office for more information.

Marketing assistance loans are also available for other commodities, such as corn, grain sorghum, barley, oats, upland cotton, extra-long staple cotton, long grain rice, medium grain rice, soybeans and other oilseeds (including sunflower seed, rapeseed, canola, safflower, flaxseed, mustard seed, crambe and sesame seed), dry peas, lentils, small chickpeas, large chickpeas, grade and non-graded wool, unshorn pelts, honey and peanuts.


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
  • September 9, 2016 - Deadline to complete and sign conservation plan for Signup 49 CRP contracts.
  • September 30, 2016 - Deadline to enroll in MPP-Dairy.
CROP ACREAGE REPORTING DATES FOR 2017 CROP YEAR
  • 11/15/16 - Perennial Forage
  • 12/15/16 - Fall Seeded Crops
  • 1/15/17 - Perennial Fruit, Berry and Grapes
  • 7/15/17 - Spring Seeded Crops, CRP
NAP APPLICATION CLOSING DATES FOR 2017 CROPS
  • 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; wheat.
  • 11/21/16 - 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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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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