Written by Bill Harmon /Farm Service Agency Wednesday, 15 August 2007 04:58
Producers are reminded that Sept. 1 is the application closing date for certain crops under the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program administered by the Farm Service Agency.
This program is designed to provide producers with financial assistance when low yields, loss of inventory, or prevented planting occurs as a result of natural disasters.
Crops eligible for NAP benefits are limited to those produced for food or fiber purposes and not insurable with private sector agencies or businesses.
Sept. 1 is the final date to pay the applicable service fee and obtain NAP coverage for forage uses of barley, rye, triticale and wheat.
In addition, aquaculture (i.e. catfish production), canola, Christmas trees and nursery crops are eligible for NAP.
The administrative service fee is $100 per crop per county not to exceed $300 per producer per county and a $900 maximum fee for multi-county producers.
Interested producers must pay the applicable fee upon making an application no later than the closing deadline.
This coverage entitles NAP-covered producers to a payment of 55 percent of an average market price for the commodity if a natural disaster caused a 50 percent production loss or greater of a covered crop.
Those producers who may later suffer crop losses must file their loss with local county FSA offices within 15 calendar days after the actual disaster occurrence, or the date such loss becomes apparent to the producer.
Producers are limited to $100,000 in benefits per person, per crop year. They must certify crop acres by applicable deadlines, maintain production evidence for no less than 3 years, not exceed the $2 million gross revenue provisions, and comply with conservation compliance provisions in order to be eligible and in compliance with agency NAP policies.
Bill Harmon is executive director of the Marion County FSA office.