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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.

  • County Committee List - 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.


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In the News

FSA to Accept Nominations for County Committee Elections

Beginning June 15, Farm Service Agency county office staff will accept nominations for the 2017 FSA county committee elections. FSA county committees are a critical component of the agency's service to farmers and ranchers. Committees allow local input and administration of federal farm programs.

  • All about FSA county committees - more
  • Local Administrative Areas (LAAs) open for 2017 election - map
  • Hear directly from committee members about their county committee experience - video

 


 

Census Of Agriculture Countdown Begins For America’s Farmers And Ranchers

America’s farmers and ranchers will soon have the opportunity to strongly represent agriculture in their communities and industry by taking part in the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Conducted every five years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), the census, to be mailed at the end of this year, is a complete count of all U.S. farms, ranches, and those who operate them. More


USDA Makes Provides New Cost-Share Opportunities for Organic Producers and Handlers

Organic producers and handlers will be able to visit USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices to apply for federal reimbursement to assist with the cost of receiving and maintaining organic or transitional certification. More

FSA Organic Cost-Share Certification Application


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.


Featured Program - Farm Storage Facility Loans

The FSFL Program provides low-cost financing for producers to build or upgrade on-farm storage, handling facilities, and storage and handling trucks. FSFL's can be used for items such as drying and cooling equipment, safety equipment, cold storage buildings, hay barns, and grain bins. The FSFL program benefits producers who lack local commercial storage options or have limited marketing options for their commodities at harvest time. more


IMPORTANT DATES AND DEADLINES
  • May 31, 2017 - Final date to request a 2016 crop Marketing Assistance Loan (MAL) for corn, dry peas, lentils, chickpeas, soybeans, sorghum, mustard, safflower, and sunflower seeds.
  • April 1 - July 1, 2017 - Primary nesting season. During this time period, prior approval of the County Committee is required for spot treatment of CRP weeds.
  • June 15 - Aug. 1, 2017 - FSA accepting county committee election nominees
CROP ACREAGE REPORTING DATES FOR 2017 CROP YEAR
  • 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
NAP CROP PRODUCTION REPORTING DATES FOR 2016 CROP YEAR
  • December 15, 2016 - NAP covered perennial forage for hay and fall-seed NAP covered crops.
  • January 15, 2017 - NAP covered tree fruits and blueberries and cranberries.
  • July 15, 2017 - NAP covered crops not listed above.
NAP APPLICATION CLOSING DATES FOR 2018 CROPS
  • August 31, 2017 –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, 2017 – Garlic; mint; perennial grazing, forage, mixed forage and forage seed crops; wheat.
  • November 20, 2017 - All Perennial crops not listed under the 9/30 category; asparagus; berries; grapes; honey; hops; tree fruits and nuts.
  • March 15, 2018 – 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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Rod Hamilton
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Contact us at:

Washington State FSA
316 W. Boone Avenue, Ste #568
Spokane, WA 99201-2350
(509) 323-3000
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