WA State FSA - November 2014 Newsletter

November 2014

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Washington FSA Updates

Washington Farm Service Agency

316 W. Boone, Ste. 568
Spokane, WA 99201


State Committee:
Don Olmstead, Jr., Chair
Larry DeHaan, Member
Sheryl Hagen-Zakarison, Member
Steve Hair, Member
Jesus Limon, Member

Executive Director:
Judy Olson

Chief Admin. Officer:
Mike Mandere

Division Chiefs:
Rod Hamilton, Programs
Mike Mykines, Loans

Please contact your local FSA Office for questions specific to your operation or county.

Vote in Your FSA County Committee Election

USDA encourages farmers and ranchers to make your voices heard by voting in the upcoming Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committee elections. You will begin receiving ballots in the mail in early November. Return ballots to your local FSA office by the Dec. 1, 2014, deadline to ensure that your vote is counted.

FSA county committee members provide an important link between the local agricultural community and USDA. Farmers and ranchers elected to county committees help deliver FSA programs at the local level, applying their knowledge and judgment to make decisions on commodity support programs; conservation programs; indemnity and disaster programs; emergency programs and eligibility. County committees operate within official regulations designed to carry out federal laws.

To be an eligible voter, farmers and ranchers must participate or cooperate in an FSA program. A person who is not of legal voting age, but supervises and conducts the farming operations of an entire farm may also be eligible to vote.

Eligible voters who do not receive ballots in the coming week may pick one up at your local USDA Service Center or FSA office. Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked no later than Dec. 1, 2014.

A list of candidates for FSA elections in Washington state may be found online.  Newly elected committee members and their alternates will take office Jan. 1, 2015.

More information on county committees, such as the new 2014 fact sheet and brochures, can be found on the FSA website at www.fsa.usda.gov/elections.  You may also contact your local USDA Service Center or FSA office.  Visit http://go.usa.gov/pYV3 to find an FSA office near you.

USDA Extends Dairy Margin Protection Program Deadlines

USDA is extending the deadlines for the 2014 and 2015 dairy Margin Protection Program. Farmers now have until Dec. 5, 2014 to enroll in the voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill. The program provides financial assistance to participating farmers when the margin – the difference between the price of milk and feed costs – falls below the coverage level selected by the farmer. 

Producers are encouraged to use the online resource at www.fsa.usda.gov/mpptool to calculate the best levels of coverage for your dairy operation. The secure website can be accessed via computer, smartphone or tablet.

USDA also extended the opportunity for public comments on both the Margin Protection Program and the Dairy Product Donation Program until Dec. 15, 2014.

Comments can be submitted to USDA via the regulations.gov website at http://go.usa.gov/GJSA.