Clay-Jack County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Mike McDonald urges producers who want to purchase coverage through the Noninsurable Crop Disaster Assistance Program to do so before the sales closing date of Sept. 1.
NAP provides financial assistance to producers of non-insurable crops when low yields, loss of inventory or prevented planting occur due to normal disasters.
“Purchasing a crop insurance policy is an easy way for producers to practice risk management,” said McDonald. “The past two years have proven that natural disasters can directly affect the profitability and recovery of agricultural operations,” he said. McDonald further added that, “having NAP insurance is vital to participation in FSA’s disaster programs including LFP. Failure to purchase insurance on all crops on all farms will render you ineligible for these critical programs”.
The following crops have a NAP application closing date of Sept. 1: All small grains (wheat, oats, barley, rye and triticale), beets, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, canola, cauliflower, garlic, sod grass, greens, herbs, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, onions, radishes, strawberries, turnips and value loss crops (Christmas trees, crustaceans, fin fish and flowers). In addition, the sales closing date for all grasses including those intended for both haying and grazing is Dec. 1. There are no late file provisions for NAP. Policies must be purchased before the deadline.
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 offers coverage for a crop in the county, then NAP coverage is not available for that crop.
For more information on sales closing dates and NAP, contact the Clay-Jack County FSA office at (940) 538-4591.