Northwest WA Dairy Farm

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

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In the News

USDA Announces Streamlined Guaranteed Loans and Additional Lender Category for Small-Scale Operators

WASHINGTON, Oct. 20, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the availability of a streamlined version of USDA guaranteed loans, which are tailored for smaller scale farms and urban producers. The program, called EZ Guarantee Loans, uses a simplified application process to help beginning, small, underserved and family farmers and ranchers apply for loans of up to $100,000 from USDA-approved lenders to purchase farmland or finance agricultural operations. More

FSA County Committee Elections - Time to Vote!

FSA county committee members are a critical component of the day-to-day operations of FSA. They help deliver FSA farm programs at the local level. Farmers who serve on committees help decide the kind of programs their counties will offer. They work to make FSA agricultural programs serve the needs of local producers and can settle producer appeals of FSA decisions.

Ballots will be sent to eligible voters starting November 7, 2016. If you do not receive a ballot and believe an error may have been made, contact your county FSA office.

In a lead up to the annual FSA County Committee elections, county committee members in various parts of the state shared their committee experiences during video interviews.  The video can be viewed online at https://vimeo.com/179333687

You are encouraged to get to know your committee members and what they do. Vote in the November elections.  A list of candidates can be found here.

Link to election information.
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.

  • September 30, 2016 - Deadline to enroll in MPP-Dairy.
  • November 1, 2016 - Deadline for 2016 Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) applications.
  • November 7, 2016 - County Committee elections ballots mailed to eligible voters.
  • December 5, 2016 - County Committee Election Ballots due to FSA county offices.
  • December 15, 2016 - Perennial forage (change for 2017), and the fall seeded crops - alfalfa seed, canola, mint, peas and lentils, small grains and onions planted between August 15 and September 15, 2016
  • January 2, 2017 - Honey
  • January 15, 2017 - Apples, apricots, blueberries, cherries, cranberries, grapes, nectarines, peaches, pears and plums
  • May 15, 2017 - Cabbage planted March 14 and April 20, 2017
  • July 15, 2017 - Spring planted alfalfa seed; cabbage planted April 20 to June 10, 2017; onions planted March 14 to April 20, 2017 and all other crops and land uses, including CRP, except crops listed for the other dates
  • August 15, 2017 - Buckwheat, cabbage planted June 11 to August 10, 2017
  • August 31, 2016 –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.
  • September 30, 2016 – Garlic; mint; perennial grazing, forage, mixed forage and forage seed crops; wheat.
  • November 21, 2016 - All Perennial crops not listed under the 9/30 category; asparagus; berries; grapes; honey; hops; tree fruits and nuts.
  • March 15, 2017 – 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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Washington State FSA
316 W. Boone Avenue, Ste #568
Spokane, WA 99201-2350
(509) 323-3000
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