USDA offers additional aid for past crop disaster losses

The U.S. Department of Agriculture?s Farm Service Agency is allowing eligible farmers who suffered quantity losses to their crops in the years 2005-07 to enroll in a federal Crop Disaster Program.

A special enrollment to address quality losses under CDP will be conducted at a later date.

CDP provides payment benefits to farmers who suffered losses to 2005-07 crops from natural disasters such as drought, flooding, freezes and related conditions so long as the actual crop lost was planted or prevented from being planted before Feb. 28, 2007.

Producers can choose only one year to receive benefits. Producers may apply for benefits for losses to multiple crops as long as losses occurred in the same crop year.

Only producers who obtained crop insurance coverage or coverage under the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program for the year of loss will be eligible for CDP benefits.

Producers must have suffered losses in excess of 35 percent to be eligible for CDP. The payment rate is set at 42 percent of the established Risk Management Agency crop prices.

This assistance, together with any crop insurance indemnities earned or NAP payments received for the same crop and including the value of the crop production not lost, must not exceed 95 percent of the total value of the crop absent the disaster. Maximum CDP payments a person may receive cannot exceed $80,000.

Interested producers that wish to apply for CDP assistance should schedule appointments with the Marion County FSA office by calling 620-382-3714.

Bill Harmon is executive director of the Marion County FSA office.

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