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.
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.
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.
Farmers and ranchers know all too well that natural disasters can be a common, and likely a costly, variable to their operation. The Farm Service Agency (FSA) has emergency assistance programs to provide financial help when disasters strike. Timely reporting of damage and loss is essential for program participation. Additionally, some of those programs require a disaster designation to trigger eligibility. Agricultural producers can play a vital role in the disaster designation process. Please report crop and livestock losses and damage to agricultural land or structures to your Farm Service Agency county office and your crop insurance agent, if applicable.
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.
The Non-insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program provides financial assistance to producers when low yields, loss of inventory or prevented planting occur due to natural disasters. more
The Tree Assistance Program provides financial relief to qualifying orchardists and nursery tree growers to replant or rehabilitate eligible trees, bushes and vines damaged by natural disasters. The Bi-Partisan Budget Act of of 2018 made several program changes. more
County Committee Members Bring Local Knowledge to FSA
Agency Seeks Nominees for 2019 Elections
You have a chance to influence federal farm programs with your local knowledge. FSA is seeking nominations for farmers and ranchers willing to represent your peers on the agency's county committees. All county FSA offices will accept nominations through August 1, 2019 for This fall's elections.
Farmers and ranchers on FSA county committees make decisions which impact program payments. They can settle appeals of agency decisions. Also, they are responsible for hiring FSA managers at the county level.
FSA encourages all interested agricultural producers, including women and minority rowers, to seek nomination. Eligible candidates must participate or cooperate in any Farm Service Agency program and be of legal voting age. Even if you are not currently participating in FSA programs, you are considered eligible to vote if you have farm records on file with the agency.
Each county committee draws its members from local administrative areas. Nominated by local farmers and ranchers, candidates must live in the county's local administrative area they will represent and must be eligible to vote in the county election. Members serve on staggered three-year terms so that one-third of the seats are up for re-election each year. If you would like to nominate a candidate, or yourself, contact your local FSA office or check the LAA map on the FSA website www.fsa.usda.gov/wa to find out which local administrative areas are up for election.
Elected county committee members recieve an hourly way for their attendance and representation at county committee meetings. Elections will take place in the fall and newly elected committee members begin their terms in January 2019. FSA will send ballots to all eligible voters. Additional information and nomination forms may be requested form any FSA office. Nomination forms may also be obtained online.
NAP coverage should be purchased at least 30 days before the crop is planted, but no later than the application closing date.
For perennial forage enrolled in NAP coverage, the acreage must be reported by the earlier of: 15 days before harvest or grazing, the normal harvest date in the county, or July 15.
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
Washington State FSA
316 W. Boone Avenue, Ste #568
Spokane, WA 99201-2350
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