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Washington State Office

State Executive Director

Jon Wyss

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State Office Address

11707 E. Sprague Ave.
Ste 303
Spokane, WA 99206
(509) 323-3000
(855) 843-1172

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.


Upcoming Program Deadlines

Dec. 4, 2023 Last day to return County Committee ballots
Dec. 15, 2023 2023 acreage reporting deadline for fall seeded crops. This includes fall planted alfalfa, canola, lentils, mint, onions, peas, and small grains.
Dec. 31, 2023 Deadline to sign up for 2024 NAP coverage for honey.
Deadline for direct loan borrowers to request assistance through the Extraordinary Measures Assistance and Cash Flow-Based Assistance Options.
Jan. 1, 2024 Newly elected County Committee members take office.
Jan. 2, 2024 2024 acreage reporting deadline for honey.
Jan. 3, 2024 Extended deadline to submit applications for the Farm Labor Stabilization and Protection Pilot Program.
Jan. 13, 2024 Deadline to apply for the Discrimination Financial Assistance program. Producers can visit www.22007apply.gov for more information.
Jan. 16, 2024 2024 acreage reporting deadline for perennial tree fruits and berries. 
Jan. 30, 2024 Deadline to submit a 2023 Notice of Loss, Application for Payment, and all required supporting documentation for the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybee, and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP).
Deadline to submit a 2023 Application for Payment and all required supporting documentation for the Livestock Forage Program (LFP).
Jan. 31, 2024 Deadline to apply for the Food Safety Certification for Specialty Crops program.

Washington to Begin Monthly Program Workshops Starting January 3, 2024

Washington State FSA announces monthly webinars for producers every first Wednesday of the month at 10:00am. The webinars will provide practical and timely information such as how to fill out application forms, payment calculations, and other program requirements. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with speakers through the chat during facilitated question-and-answer sessions following the presentations.

Upcoming topics, links to the webinars, and recordings of past webinars will be posted to the new webinar page on the Washington State FSA website. Webinars about the Emergency Relief Program for 2022 (ERP 2022) and the Farm Labor Stabilization and Production Pilot Program (FLSP) are already available to view.

The January webinar will cover emergency livestock programs. USDA recently announced a major producer-friendly change to 2023 Notice of Loss requirements for the Emergency Assistance Program for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish (ELAP) and the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP). This change will be covered in the webinar along with requirements for supporting documentation and forms.

Date: Wednesday, January 3, 2024

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Platform: Microsoft Teams. Registration is not required. To access the event, following the workshop link below.

Workshop LinkClick here to attend

If you have suggestions or requests for future topics, please email the Outreach Coordinator at kaitlin.davies@usda.gov


USDA to Host Informational Sessions in Spanish and English Next Week

The Farm Service Agency, in conjunction with the Flower Hill Institute, will host two informational sessions about USDA programs. All information will be provided in English and in Spanish with Spanish interpreters on site. The meetings will emphasize farm and ranch programs that greatly benefit Latino Farmers and Ranchers such as the recently announced Emergency Revenue Protection Program for 2022 and other disaster programs. 

Speakers for include Flower Hill Institute, Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Payne West-Crop Insurance, the local Conservation District, WSU Extension, and the Center for Latino Farmers. Attendees will have the opportunity to speak to the representatives after the meeting.

Session 1: Yakima, WA

Date: Monday, November 20, 2023

Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Location: Yakima USDA Service Center, 1606 Perry St, Yakima, WA 98902

Click here to see the Yakima event flyer (English, Español). 

 

Session 2: Omak, WA

Date: Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Time: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Location: 12 Tribes Omak Casino Hotel, 28968 Highway 97, Omak, WA 98841

Click here to see the Omak event flyer (English, Español). 

 

Persons with disabilities who require accommodations to attend or participate in this meeting should contact Kaitlin Davies at kaitlin.davies@usda.gov or 253-256-6740 or Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339 by November 17, 2023.


Emergency Relief Program 2022 Webinar: November 8, 2023 at 10:00 a.m.

The Farm Service Agency in Washington is hosting an informational webinar at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday November 8, 2023, to inform producers of the requirements and application process for the Emergency Relief Program (ERP) 2022 which opened on October 31, 2023.

Date: Wednesday, November 8, 2023

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Platform: Microsoft Teams

The workshop will be held via Microsoft Teams. Registration is not required. To access the event, following the workshop link below.

Workshop Link: The meeting is over. The recording is now available.

ERP 2022 will provide more than $3 billion to commodity and specialty crop producers impacted by natural disaster events in 2022. Eligible impacted producers can access the forms to apply for financial assistance through the Emergency Relief Program (ERP) 2022  on Farmers.gov. The program will help offset the financial impacts of crop yield and value losses from qualifying disasters occurring in 2022.

FSA will discuss the two-track approach to ERP 2022, the application process, and eligibility criteria. Webinar participants will have the opportunity to engage with speakers through the chat during a facilitated question-and-answer session following the presentation.

ERP 2022 eligibility details and payment calculation factor tables are available on the emergency relief website, in the ERP Track 1 and ERP Track 2 fact sheets and through your local FSA county office.

Click here to learn how to sign up for free email and text alerts about the latest FSA programs and national funding opportunities.


Deadline Extended: Inflation Reduction Act Section 22007 – Discrimination Financial Assistance Program

The Discrimination Financial Assistance Program is a new program, authorized by Section 22007(e) of the Inflation Reduction Act, that will provide financial assistance to farmers, ranchers and forest landowners who experienced discrimination in USDA farm lending programs prior to 2021.

Details about the program, including an application and e-filing portal, are available at 22007apply.gov. Applicants can also call the free call center at 1-800-721-0970

Filing an application is FREE and does not require a lawyer. The application period is open and now runs through January 13, 2024.


Reporting Agricultural Losses and Agricultural Disaster Relief

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 structure s to your Farm Service Agency county office and your crop insurance agent, if applicable.

Additional resources available:


County Committee Elections

County Committee (COC) Elections are underway. The election of responsible agricultural producers to FSA COC is important to ALL farmers and ranchers with large or small operations. It is crucial that every eligible producer take part in this election because county committees are a direct link between the farm community and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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.

The following Local Administrative Areas are currently up for election across Washington stated: LAA Map

Information about the COC process can be found on our website https://www.fsa.usda.gov/news-room/county-committee-elections/ or at your local county office. From June 15 through August 1, you can nominate yourself or a candidate of your choice for your local FSA county committee. Persons participating or cooperating in FSA’s programs - and of legal voting age - can be nominated. This includes farmers and ranchers who may be participating in other USDA agency programs but have their farm on file with FSA. FSA encourages all interested agricultural producers, including women and minority growers, to seek nomination.


Stay Current on FSA News - Instant Electronic Bulletins and Texts

GovDelivery is a free email service that enables Farm Service Agency county offices to send you bulletins, deadline reminders, newsletters and texts instantly. For text updates, contact your FSA county office. For bulletins and newsletters via email - sign up now to receive information about program details, signup dates and deadlines. Subscribe now.


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