USDA Farm Service Agency officials are reminding producers to purchase FSA's Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program coverage for noninsurable crops in order to be eligible for the agency's disaster assistance programs.
"Multiple peril crop insurance is an important risk management tool for farmers, but it's not available for all crops. That's why NAP is so important," said Linda Hennen, FSA state director.
NAP is a federally funded program that provides coverage to producers for noninsurable crops when low yields, loss of inventory or prevented planting occurs due to natural disasters. Crops eligible for NAP coverage are those for which crop insurance is not available, including fruits and vegetables, aquaculture, pecans, turf grass and forage crops, just to name a few.
"Producers must apply for coverage before a disaster strikes," said Hennen. "Like regular crop insurance, once an application period closes, the opportunity to obtain coverage is past." NAP applications for coverage must be filed using Form CCC-471 and pay service fees by the application closing date. Applications closing date for spring planted crops such vegetable, fruits, and herbs are March 15, 2012. In order to enroll, producers need to contact the local FSA Office where they farm.More information about NAP and where to find your local USDA Service Center is available online at www.fsa.usda.gov