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Wyoming State Office

State Executive Director

William

William "Bill" Bunce

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State Office Address

951 Werner Ct
Ste 130
Casper, WY 82601
(307) 261-5231
(855) 415-3437

To Wyoming Citizens: 

Welcome to the Wyoming State FSA Website. The Farm Service Agency serves farmers, ranchers and agricultural partners through the delivery of effective, efficient agricultural programs. The agency offers farmers a strong safety net through the administration of farm commodity and disaster programs. FSA continues to conserve natural resources and also provides credit to agricultural producers who are unable to receive private, commercial credit, including special emphasis on beginning, underserved and women farmers and ranchers.

Wyoming FSA is excited about planning, organizing, and administering FSA programs in ways that make a real difference in the lives of our ranchers and farmers. Our goal is to provide the very best customer service possible and to truly connect with agricultural producers statewide.

The hard working men and women of our 17 FSA county offices are at the forefront of our efforts and remains the primary contact for program participation. We encourage you to speak with the staff at your local office on how we can be of service. Our website can help you learn more about FSA programs and services and help you locate your local FSA service center.

Thank you for your interest!

Wyoming State FSA Office


Wyoming State Committee

  • Committee Chair Gregor Goertz - Wheatland
  • John Hester – Keeline
  • Grant Stumbough – Casper
  • Cindy Garretson-Weibel - Cheyenne

USDA Names Appointees to the Wyoming Farm Service Agency State Committee

The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) today announced appointees who will serve on the Wyoming USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) state committee.

Members of the FSA state committee are appointed by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and are responsible for the oversight of farm programs and county committee operations, resolving program delivery appeals from the agriculture community, maintaining cooperative relations with industry stakeholders, keeping producers informed about FSA programs and operating in a manner consistent with USDA equal opportunity and civil rights policies.

Each FSA state committee is comprised of three to five members including a designated chairperson. The individuals appointed to serve on this committee for Wyoming are:

  • Committee Chair Gregor Goertz - Wheatland
  • John Hester – Keeline
  • Grant Stumbough – Casper
  • Cindy Garretson-Weibel - Cheyenne

“The FSA state committee members play an integral role in the continuity of operations, equitable and inclusive program administration and ensure the overall integrity of services to the nation’s agricultural producers,” said Marcus Graham, FSA Deputy Administrator for Field Operations.  “These individuals have proven themselves to be leaders, early adopters and key influencers in the agriculture industry in their respective states – qualities that will serve them well in these key Biden-Harris Administration leadership positions.

The Farm Service Agency serves farmers, ranchers, foresters, and agricultural partners through the effective, efficient, and equitable delivery of federal agricultural programs. The Agency offers producers a strong safety net through the administration of farm commodity and disaster programs. Additionally, through conservation programs, FSA continues to preserve and protect natural resources and provides credit to agricultural producers who are unable to receive private, commercial credit, including targeted loan funds for beginning, underserved, women and military veterans involved in production agriculture.

USDA touches the lives of all Americans each day in so many positive ways. Under the Biden-Harris administration, USDA is transforming America’s food system with a greater focus on more resilient local and regional food production, fairer markets for all producers, ensuring access to safe, healthy and nutritious food in all communities, building new markets and streams of income for farmers and producers using climate smart food and forestry practices, making historic investments in infrastructure and clean energy capabilities in rural America, and committing to equity across the Department by removing systemic barriers and building a workforce more representative of America. To learn more, visit usda.gov.


Wyoming Producers Can Now Apply for Assistance through New USDA-Wyoming Big Game Conservation Partnership  

CASPER, Wyoming, Nov. 10, 2022 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is now accepting applications from Wyoming agricultural producers for assistance through the new Big Game Conservation Partnership. Signups are open for opportunities through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). Through this partnership with the State of Wyoming, USDA is investing additional, dedicated funds in Wyoming for big game conservation, adding additional staffing and streamlining processes for producers.   

“Based on extensive feedback from the state of Wyoming and stakeholders, this partnership offers producers a package of opportunities they can choose from to meet their operations’ unique conservation needs,” said Andi Neugebauer, NRCS Acting State Conservationist in Wyoming. “We’re excited to be accepting applications for assistance through this new partnership that advances our commitment to support voluntary, locally led, producer-driven conservation efforts.”   

This year, NRCS is investing $6 million in additional EQIP assistance and $10 million in additional ACEP funding in Wyoming for big game conservation. EQIP focuses on integrating practices on working lands, such as prescribed grazing systems and cheatgrass control. ACEP assists producers who want to protect sensitive landscapes and prime farmlands from conversion to non-compatible land uses such as residential subdivision through establishment of long-term conservation easements. In addition to the opportunities announced today, producers will also be able to sign up for a habitat lease through the Grassland CRP program in early 2023.   

The pilot is open to producers in Wyoming statewide, but there are several priority areas where big game migrations are known to be prevalent, especially in Carbon, Hot Springs, Lincoln, Park, Sublette, Sweetwater, Fremont, and Teton counties (see map below). 

While NRCS accepts applications for programs on a continuous basis, to be considered for the next funding cycles, producers should submit EQIP applications by November 23, 2022, and ACEP applications by November 23, 2022, and January 18, 2023.  

To apply or learn more, producers should contact NRCS at their local USDA Service Center or go to farmers.gov/conservation/wildlife/migration-pilot.   

Habitat Leasing through the Grassland Conservation Reserve Program 

Following the EQIP and ACEP signups, USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will offer a Habitat Lease through the FY23 Grassland Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) signup, which will provide another option for Wyoming ranchers and producers. FSA will announce signup dates soon. Grassland CRP is a working lands program, helping producers and landowners to protect grassland over a 10- to 15-year contract while enabling haying and grazing activities to continue.   

As part of this Habitat Lease pilot, USDA has developed special guidance that allows better compatibility between USDA programs, enabling producers to stack different Farm Bill program benefits in ways that fit their specific requirements.   

“Grassland CRP provides a unique opportunity for producers who want to effectively manage land for livestock and wildlife, all while providing meaningful conservation benefits,” said William Bunce, FSA State Executive Director in Wyoming. “We’re very excited that Grassland CRP will contribute to this important partnership, and we’ll have more information to share soon.”  

More Information  

The Big Game Conservation Partnership was announced in May 2022 and formalized in October 2022 through an agreement signed by Wyoming’s Governor Mark Gordon and USDA Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. It leverages and complements other ongoing conservation efforts on working lands such as those conducted under the Working Lands for Wildlife’s (WLFW) Framework for Conservation Action in the Great Plains Grasslands and Sagebrush Biome, unveiled last year by USDA. Both efforts emphasize a commitment to voluntary, incentive-based approaches; identifies and elevates the critical role of private, working lands; and stresses the importance of supporting state, tribal, and landowners to advance their conservation priorities. The pilot also further focuses FSA’s commitment to assisting producers in protecting and maintaining grasslands through grazing and for supporting plant and animal biodiversity within National Priority Zones.  

USDA touches the lives of all Americans each day in so many positive ways. Under the Biden-Harris administration, USDA is transforming America’s food system with a greater focus on more resilient local and regional food production, fairer markets for all producers, ensuring access to safe, healthy and nutritious food in all communities, building new markets and streams of income for farmers and producers using climate smart food and forestry practices, making historic investments in infrastructure and clean energy capabilities in rural America, and committing to equity across the Department by removing systemic barriers and building a workforce more representative of America. To learn more, visit usda.gov.    



FSA Program Deadlines:

Acreage Reports:

  • July 15 – Soybeans, corn, and other spring-planted feed grains, CRP, Hemp, and other crops
  • November 15 – Apiculture (bees), fall -seeded small grains

Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) General Signup: January 4 to (will be announced at a later date)

Continuous CRP Signup: Ongoing

Quality Loss Adjustment Program ( QLA) Signup: January 6 to April 9

CRP Grasslands Signup: March 15 to April 23

Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC):

  • July 15 – Final date to report production for the preceding crop year
  • October 20 – Election and enrollment begin for the applicable year
  • March 15 – Election and enrollment end for the applicable year

Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP):

  • Within 30 days after the end of the year in which the grazing loss occurred – submit Application for Payment and supporting documentation 

Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP):

  • Within 30 days of noticing Livestock loss or injury – Submit Notice of Loss
  • Within 60 days after the end the year in which loss or injury occurred– Submit Application for Payment

Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm Raised Fish Program (ELAP):

  • Within 30 days of livestock feed or pasture losses/issues due to extreme weather – Submit Notice of Loss
  • Within 60 days after the end the year in which loss occurred– Submit Application for Payment

Marketing Assistance Loans (MALs) and Loan Deficiency Payments (LDPs) Availability- from harvest to the below deadline:

  • January 31 - Wool, Mohair and LDP only for Unshorn Pelts
  • March 31 - Barley, Canola, Flaxseed, Honey, Oats, Rapeseed, Sesame seed and Wheat
  • May 31 - Corn, Dry peas, Grain sorghum, Lentils, Mustard seed, Safflower, Small chickpeas, Large chickpeas, Soybeans and Sunflower seed

Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP):

  • December 1 – All perennial grasses, alfalfa, clover, mixed forage, and honey
  • March 15 – Hemp
  • April 1 – All spring seeded crops
  • Within 15 days of crop loss – Submit Notice of Loss
  • November 15 (varies by crop) – Final day to submit Application for Payment