To find the contact information for any Oregon County, please use the “County Office” link in the Browse by Subject box, on the left hand side of the screen
At the Service Center Locator screen, click on the County of interest.
Dairy Margin Coverage Program
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced on June 13, 2019, that signup for the new Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program began June 17, the cornerstone program of the dairy safety net that helps dairy producers manage the volatility of milk and feed prices, operated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA). For more information, visit https://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/dairy-margin-coverage-program/index or contact your local USDA service center. To locate your local FSA office, visit farmers.gov/service-locator.
Farm Service Agency County Committee Elections Launch June 14
The nomination period for USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Committees runs June 14 through Aug. 1, 2019, and elections will take place starting in November.
County committees are unique to FSA and serve as a direct link between agricultural communities across the country and USDA. Committees make important decisions about how federal farm programs are administered locally. Their input is vital on how FSA carries out disaster programs, as well as conservation, commodity and price support programs, county office employment and other agricultural issues.
Throughout the nomination period, we’ll introduce you to county committee members from around the nation. To see their stories and to learn more on FSA county committees, visit fsa.usda.gov/elections.
On Farms and Ranches, Every Day Is Earth Day
By: Barry Bushue, State Executive Director, Oregon Farm Service Agency and Kevin Conroy, Acting State Conservationist, Natural Resources Conservation Service.
At USDA, we celebrate Earth Day 2019 by offering a big thank-you to farmers and ranchers here in Oregon for all they do. Every day we see their efforts to conserve natural resources while producing food, fiber and fuel for people in their communities and around the world. They are doing what needs to be done to make sure we all enjoy the benefits of clean and plentiful water and healthy soils, ecosystems and wildlife habitat.
To read the full article click here.
Opportunity to Request a Referendum: Soybean Promotion, Research, and Information Program
The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced that soybean producers may request a referendum on the Soybean Promotion and Research Order, as authorized under the Soybean Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Act. Participation in the Request for Referendum is voluntary, and producers should only participate if they wish to request a referendum on the program.
The results of the Request for Referendum will be published in a notice in the Federal Register. If at least 10 percent of eligible producers, as determined by USDA, participate in the Request for Referendum, a referendum will be held within one year from that determination.
Interested soybean producers may request a referendum during a four-week period beginning on May 6 and ending May 31, 2019. Form LS-51-1, Soybean Promotion and Research Order Request for Referendum, may be downloaded online, or obtained by mail, fax, or in person from Farm Service Agency (FSA) county offices during this time.
Completed forms and supporting documentation must be returned to the appropriate county FSA office by fax or in person no later than close of business May 31, 2019, or if returned by mail, must be postmarked by midnight May 31, 2019, and received in the county FSA office by close of business on June 6, 2019.
For detailed information, including eligibility, read the full AMS announcement. To find your local office, visit www.farmers.gov.
Expanding Service at Clackamas County FSA Office
Beginning March 19, 2019, the Clackamas County FSA Office will be open three days a week, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. And beginning May 28, 2019, the office will be open five days a week, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eileen Whitcomb, Program Technician will be working from the Clackamas County Office. The office phone number 503-655-3144.
These increased hours will provide easier and more convenient access to the thousands of farmers in Clackamas and Multnomah counties. FSA offers several programs and loan packages to farmers to assist in risk management and investments. We strongly encourage farmers to visit the office. Take the opportunity to meet Eileen Whitcomb. While you are there you can talk to her about our programs. You can also update your farm records or sign-up to keep informed about new programs and services.
We celebrate by highlight just a few of the farmers working hard to grow food, fiber, and fuel for our nation and beyond.
These farmers dedicate their lives to providing for us all. Today and every day, join us in thanking them.
Additional information can be found at https://www.farmers.gov/farmbill.
You can also read the FSA 2018 Farm Bill Changes Fact Sheet by clicking this link.
USDA has recently developed a new tool that helps identify the impacts that women have in Agriculture, by State, as well as Nationally. Infographics showing what percentage of women farm in each state and nationally are included in this new tool, as are links to blogs in which powerful stories of women in agriculture are featured. In addition, links are provided to the Women in Agriculture Mentoring Network, where women can connect with other women leaders in agriculture all across the country.
If you produce a specialty crop that is ineligible for crop insurance, we’ve got an improved program that can help protect against losses from weather and natural disasters.
The Non-Insured Crop Disaster Assistance program, or NAP, is now available, offering much more than in the past. Previously you were covered at 55 percent of the market price for losses exceeding 50 percent, but now you can cover 65 percent of your crop at 100 percent of the price.
For new, low-income or previously underserved farmers, there is free basic coverage, and higher coverage at discounted premiums.
IMPORTANT DATES AND DEADLINES
Small and midsize producers provide new opportunities for American agriculture across the country. USDA has created a website to provide small and midsize producers valuable resources and program information about access to capital, land management and conservation practices, managing risk, finding local markets, and other educational resources.
The website is:
Like all websites, the FSA site is accessible through any device that connects to the Internet. The Mobile site organizes the information on the website in a way that makes for easy reading on a small, hand-held screen. Read more.
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The Farm Service Agency Provides Assistance for Natural Disaster Losses, Resulting from Drought, Flood, Fire, Freeze, Tornadoes, Pest Infestation, and Other Calamities - Click Here for Further Information
The Farm Service Agency is a federal agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Located in all 50 states, our mission is to help American farmers provide reasonably priced food and fiber to the nation and the world.
In Oregon, the State Office is located in Tualatin, Oregon, just south of Portland. County Service Centers are located in 23 Oregon towns. For County Office phone numbers and addresses: County Information pages.
The Farm Service Agency State Committee in Oregon oversees the activities of the agency. The members are appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture each year. They hear appeals from local farmers and guide the direction of agency policy.
The Oregon Farm Service Agency State Committee (STC) members are:
Anna Sullivan – Chair
To read the STC member bio click here.
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