(Lincoln, NE) January 5, 2015 – USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director, Dan Steinkruger reminds producers that greater protection is now available from the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) for crops that traditionally have been ineligible for federal crop insurance. The new options, created by the 2014 Farm Bill, provide greater coverage for losses when natural disasters affect specialty crops such as vegetables, fruits, mushrooms, floriculture, ornamental nursery, aquaculture, turf grass, ginseng, honey, syrup, and energy crops.

USDA Reminds Producers of January 14, 2015 Deadline for Noninsurable Crop Coverage

Contact:
Dan Steinkruger, State Executive Director, at (402) 437-5581
or dan.steinkruger@ne.usda.gov
FSA Website: http://www.fsa.usda.gov/ne

(Lincoln, NE) January 5, 2015 – USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director, Dan Steinkruger reminds producers that greater protection is now available from the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) for crops that traditionally have been ineligible for federal crop insurance. The new options, created by the 2014 Farm Bill, provide greater coverage for losses when natural disasters affect specialty crops such as vegetables, fruits, mushrooms, floriculture, ornamental nursery, aquaculture, turf grass, ginseng, honey, syrup, and energy crops.

In the past, the program offered coverage at 55 percent of the average market price for crop losses that exceed 50 percent of expected production. Producers can now choose higher levels of coverage, up to 65 percent of their expected production at 100 percent of the average market price.

For those eligible crops that the application deadline has already passed, producers will have until Wednesday, January 14, 2015, to choose expanded coverage through the NAP program. For Nebraska this includes fall seeded annual forage crops, wheat, rye, triticale and perennial fruit crops including apples, cherries, grapes, plums, and strawberries. Other covered commodities that are included in this deadline are honey and turfgrass sod.

All spring seeded crops and perennial forage crops that have a sales closing date of March 15, 2015 will still have all coverage levels available until the end of the regular sales closing date. These include spring seeded crops barley, oats, and vegetables. Alfalfa, grass and other spring planted forage crops also are included.

“NAP allows producers to protect their investment by purchasing coverage for noninsurable crops,” said Steinkruger. “Natural disasters are an unavoidable part of farming and ranching and FSA programs like NAP help producers recover when they experience a loss,” he said.

To learn more about the NAP options, visit the Farm Service Agency (FSA) website at www.fsa.usda.gov/nap or contact your local FSA office.

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