Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program Deadline Near
Lexington, Kentucky, February 19, 2014— The USDA Farm Service Agency's Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) provides financial assistance similar to crop insurance to eligible producers affected by natural disasters. The upcoming deadlines to file an application for natural disaster protection under the NAP are March 1 and March 15.
The crops for March 1 deadline are: Alfalfa, Clover, Grass, Millet, Teff
The crops for March 15 deadline are: Asparagus, Beans, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cantaloupe, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Corn, Corn-Hybrid Seed, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Garlic, Gourds, Greens, Herbs, Honeydew, Leeks, Lettuce, Okra, Onions, Parsnip, Peas, Peppers, Popcorn, Potatoes, Pumpkins, Radish, Sorghum, Sorghum-Grain, Soybeans, Squash, Strawberries, Sunflowers, Sweet Potatoes, Tobacco-Burley, Tobacco-Dark Air, Tobacco-Fire Cured, Tomatillos, Tomatoes, Turnips, and Watermelons.
Eligible producers must apply for coverage of non-insurable crops using Form CCC-471, and pay the applicable service fee at the FSA office where their farm records are maintained. The application and service fee must be filed by the application closing dates.
Applications require a service fee equal to $250 per crop per county or $750 per producer per county not to exceed a total of $1875 per producer for all counties. Limited resource producers may request a waiver of the service fee. To qualify for an administrative service fee waiver, the producer must meet established criteria. For more information contact your local FSA office. Many farmers qualify as limited resource and obtain free coverage for their crops.
NAP coverage normally begins 30 days after payment of fees and continues through the expected harvest period. Accepted applications provide catastrophic protection for loss levels that exceed 50% of the approved yield for the crop unit. A unit includes all the crop acreage in the county in which the producer has a unique interest. Loss payments are calculated on 55% of the average established market price for the covered crop.
Producers with NAP coverage are reminded to file a notice of loss within 15 days of a natural disaster affecting your crop or when the loss becomes apparent.
Contact your local FSA office for additional NAP closing dates. Producers should always check with their local FSA office for specific crops and other application closing dates.
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