Saint Paul, Minn., August 29, 2012 - USDA-Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Linda Hennen reminds producers interested in participating in the Non-Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) of the upcoming application deadline dates. NAP provides financial assistance to producers of crops raised for food or fiber for which a catastrophic risk protection plan of insurance is not offered by the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC). NAP provides benefits when low yields, loss of inventory, or prevented planting occurs due to natural disasters and losses are in excess of 50 percent of the producer’s actual yield history. To be eligible for NAP coverage, producers must apply for coverage at the local FSA office, sign a CCC-471 application and pay the applicable service fee.
"Purchasing a crop insurance policy is an easy way for producers to mitigate risk," said SED Hennen. "The past few years have shown that natural disasters can severely impact an otherwise successful operation," she said.
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 Sept. 1st deadline for crops with that respective deadline date. 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.
Minnesota 2013 NAP application closing deadline dates for specific NAP qualifying crops are listed as follows.
The application deadline date for 2013 NAP coverage for “value loss” crops such as ginseng, turf grass sod, Christmas trees, aquaculture, floriculture, and mushrooms is September 1, 2012. The application deadline for perennial forage crops, including grass/legume seed, wild rice, asparagus, rhubarb, and strawberries is September 30, 2012.
The perennial crop deadline on fruits and vegetables such as apples, blueberries, cane berries (raspberries), cranberries, grapes, and plums is November 20, 2012. December 1, 2012, is the application deadline for honey; February 1, 2013, is the deadline for maple sap.
March 15, 2013, is the application deadline for spring-seeded vegetable and grain crops and perennial forage pasture. May 1, 2013, is the application deadline for ornamental nursery.
Producers interested in NAP are encouraged to contact their local FSA office to obtain coverage or request additional information, prior to the above application deadlines.
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