Clay-Jack County USDA Farm Service Agency 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 March 15.
NAP provides financial assistance to producers of noninsurable crops when low yields or grazing loss, loss of inventory or prevented planting occur due to natural disasters, including drought, freeze, hail, excessive moisture, excessive wind or hurricanes.
The following crops have a NAP application closing date of March 15: Pecans and sorghum forage (hay grazer).
“NAP allows producers to protect their investment by purchasing coverage for noninsurable crops,” said McDonald. “Natural disasters are an unavoidable part of farming and ranching and FSA programs like NAP help producers recover when they experience a loss.”
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.
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 pay a service fee by the March 15 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.
For more information on sales closing dates and NAP, contact the Clay-Jack County FSA office at (940) 538-4591.