2013 Non-Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Application Closing Dates_Mercer County News Bulletin

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Producers who want to purchase 2013 coverage through the Noninsurable Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) may to do so before the applicable sales closing dates. NAP provides financial assistance to producers of noninsurable crops when low yields, loss of inventory or prevented planting occur due to normal disasters. Purchasing a crop insurance (NAP) policy may be a valuable tool for producers seeking ways to enhance their risk management options.

The following crops have a NAP application closing date of August 31, 2012: canola

The following Value Loss crops have a NAP application closing date of Sept. 1, 2012: Christmas trees, aquaculture, ginsengroot, turf grass sod,

The following Controlled Environment Crops have a NAP application closing date of September 1, 2012: floriculture, and mushrooms. Onion Sets.

The following crops have a NAP application closing date of September 30, 2012: Forage (mechanically harvested and /or grazed): (alfalfa, mixed forages, and grass), barley, and rye.

Special Note to livestock owners utilizing pasture for grazing:

The following crops have a NAP application closing date of November 20, 2012: fruit and perennial crops, such as, apples, asparagus, blueberries, cane berries, cherries, grapes, nectarines, peaches, pears, plums, rhubarb, and strawberries.

The following crops have a NAP application closing date of December 1, 2012: honey.

The following crops have a NAP application closing date of March 15, 2013: spring and summer planted crops.

NAP Application Closing Date March 15, 2013: Potatoes and Oats, (including grain and forage.)

In order to meet eligibility requirements for NAP, crops must be noninsurable, commercially-produced agricultural commodity crops for which the catastrophic risk protection level of crop insurance is not available. If the Risk Management Agency (RMA) offers coverage for a crop in the county, then NAP coverage is not available for that crop. In the event of a natural disaster, NAP covers the amount of loss greater than 50 percent of the expected production based on the approved yield and reported acreage. Eligible producers can apply for coverage using form CCC-471, Application for Coverage. Producers must file the application and service fee by the application deadline. The service fee is the lesser of $250 per crop or $750 per producer per administrative county, not to exceed a total of $1,875 for a producer with farming interests in multiple counties.

(Other program eligibility may apply) Contact your local FSA Office for further details.