New Jersey


Non-Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) Buy- Up Coverage for 2019 is Available Now through May 24th

Eligible producers have until May 24, 2019 to purchase NAP buy-up coverage for crops whose 2019 coverage period has already closed. Buy-up coverage under the 2018 Farm Bill became available on April 8th and allows producers to increase the coverage level for their eligible crops from 50% to 65% and at 100% of the National Average Market Price (NAMP) instead of 55%. Additionally, the payment limitation for producers with buy-up coverage has increased from $125,000 to $300,000 per year.

For all coverage levels, the new NAP service fee is the lesser of $325 per crop or $825 per producer per county, not to exceed a total of $1,950 for a producer with farming interests in multiple counties.  In most cases farmers that already have coverage for a crop under the old fee schedule will not be charged the higher rate.

In all cases an additional premium for buy-up coverage will be charged based on the farmer’s specific plan but will never exceed $15,750 for all crops. Service fees are waived for all beginning, minority, women, limited resource, and eligible veteran farmers. These groups will also receive a 50% deduction on their premiums.

Premiums for yield base crops are calculated as follows:

crop acreage x approved yield x coverage level x price (NAMP) x 5.25%.

Example: for one acre of plum tomatoes at the top coverage level of 65% of yield at 100% of the price.

1 (crop acreage) x 23,767 lbs/ac (approved yield) x .65 (coverage level) x $.5740/lbs (price/NAMP) x .0525 = $466 total premium

Premiums for value loss crops are calculated based on a dollar value as follows:

dollar value x coverage level x 5.25 %.

Example: cut flowers covered at a value of $100,000 at 65% coverage.

100,000 (dollar value) x .65 (coverage level) x .0525 = $3412 premium

Farmers may also elect to use a direct market price or an organic price instead of the NAMP.

For more information, including an NAP Premium Estimate Calculator (level 2 access required) please visit https://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/disaster-assistance-program/noninsured-crop-disaster-assistance/index or contact your local FSA office.


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2018 Farm Bill Updates

Farm Service Agency Update

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

Risk Management Agency (RMA)

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Please reach out your local FSA office if you or anyone you know has experienced crop or farm property damage as a result of recent weather events. This informatWind Damageion is vital for emergency declarations which make additional assistance available to you and your peers.

Farm Service Agency has programs to assist with fruit trees, berry bushes, ornamental, and vine losses as well as losses of livestock, honeybees, and farm raised fish. These programs are not insurance programs and do not require purchasing coverage prior to the weather event or disaster (excludes NAP). Click on the links below for information on some of our programs:

Crop Damage

Property Damage

If you have crop coverage under the Non Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) and feel that the weather has affected your covered crop please make sure you contact your local FSA office immediately (within 72 hours). If you would like to sign up for NAP contact your local FSA office for details.

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2018 Crop Year Disaster Designations

Farmers in the following counties are eligible for Emergency Loans through the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA):

  • NEW Secretarial Disaster Designation #S4479 is due to losses caused by excessive precipitation
    • Incident Period of July 23, 2018 and continuing
    • 20 Primary Counties in New York
    • 3 Contugous Counties in New Jersey, Sussesx, Passaic, and Bergen Counties, 25 New York Counties, 8 Pennsylvania Counties, and 1 Massachusetts County
    • Application Deadline: close of business december 19, 2019.
    • NY Notice FLP-XXX

    Secretarial Disaster Designation #S4465 is due to losses caused by excessive rain, flash flooding, and flooding
    • Incident Period of July 21, 2018 and continuing
    • 33 Primary Counties in Pennsylvania
    • 1 Contugous County in New Jersey, Warren County, 8 Maryland Counties, 6 New York Counties, 2 Ohio Counties and 28 Pennsylvania Counties, 7 West Virginia Counties
    • Application Deadline: close of business November 20, 2019.
    • PA Notice FLP-XXX

  • Secretarial Disaster Designation #S4450 is due to the combined effects of excessive rainfall, flooding and Hurricanes Florence and Michael.
    • Incident Period of June 14 through Nov. 29, 2018.
    • 3 Primary Counties in Delaware: Kent, New Castle and Sussex Counties. 
    • 3 Contiguous Counties in New Jersey: Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties .
    • 2 Adjacent States and 9 Contiguous Counties: State of Maryland – Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Wicomico, and Worcester ; State of Pennsylvania – Chester and Delaware counties .
    • Application Deadline: close of business October 21, 2019.
    • NJ Notice FLP-327
  • Secretarial Disaster Designation #S4455 is due to the combined effects of Excessive Rain, Moisture, and Storm-force Winds from Hurricane Florence impacting New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.
    • Incident Period of July 20, 2018 to September 27, 2018.
    • 3 Primary Counties in New Jersey: Warren, Sussex and Morris Counties.
    • 5 Contiguous Counties in New Jersey: Hunterdon, Somerset, Union, Essex and Passaic Counties.
    • 2 Adjacent States and 5 Contiguous Counties: State of New York – Orange County; State of Pennsylvania – Pike, Monroe, Northampton and Bucks Counties.
    • Application Deadline: close of business October 4, 2019.
    • NJ Notice FLP-326
  • Secretarial Disaster Designation #S4454 is due to Excessive Rain and Moisture impacting New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
    • Incident Period of July 20, 2018 to September 27, 2018.
    • 2 Primary Counties in New Jersey: Hunterdon and Somerset Counties.
    • 5 Contiguous Counties in New Jersey: Warren, Morris, Union, Middlesex and Mercer Counties.
    • 1 Adjacent State and 1 Contiguous County: State of Pennsylvania – Bucks County.
    • Application Deadline: close of business October 4, 2019.
    • NJ Notice FLP-325
  • Secretarial Disaster Designation #S4425 is due to heat and drought impacting New Jersey, Delaware, and Pennsylvania.
    • Incident Period of June 24, 2018 through July 21, 2018.
    • 2 Primary Counties in New Jersey: Salem and Gloucester Counties.
    • 3 Contiguous Counties in New Jersey: Atlantic, Cumberland and Camden Counties.
    • 2 Adjacent States and 4 Contiguous Counties: State of Delaware – Kent and New Castle Counties; State of Pennsylvania – Delaware and Philadelphia Counties.
    • Application Deadline: close of business July 1, 2019.
    • NJ Notice FLP-324
  • Secretarial Disaster Designation #S4424 is due to excessive rainfall and cool spring temperatures impacting the states of New Jersey and Delaware.
    • Incident Period of May 1, 2018 through June 30, 2018.
    • 2 Primary Counties in New Jersey: Atlantic and Cumberland Counties.
    • 6 Contiguous Counties in New Jersey: Salem, Gloucester, Camden, Burlington, Ocean and Cape May Counties.
    • 1 Adjacent State and 1 Contiguous County: State of Delaware – Kent County.
    • Application Deadline: close of business July 1, 2019.
    • NJ Notice FLP-323

Please contact your local County Office for more information or visit our Emergency Loan website at  https://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/farm-loan-programs/emergency-farm-loans/index or read the Disaster Designations Fact Sheet by clicking here

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About New Jersey Agriculture!

New Jersey, known as the Garden State, has a vast diversity of landscapes and is a unique combination of densely populated urban centers and open agricultural areas. For a small state, agriculture in New Jersey is quite significant with more than 100 crops being produced. Despite legislative and public pressures, high input costs, and the second highest per-acre market value of farmland in the nation, 16% of New Jersey land is dedicated to agriculture production and the ag industry contributes $987 million to the state’s economy.

The Garden State is 3rd in the nation for producing Cranberries, Peaches and Spinach; 4th in Bell Pepper production; 6th in Blueberries, Cucumbers, and Squash; and 7th in Tomatoes. Other major commodities are nursery, berries, equine and aquaculture.

Check out the video below to find out more about Morris Gbolo of World Crops Farms who take advantage of FSA Loans and Programs to help keep the garden in the Garden State.

About New Jersey FSA

The Farm Service Agency is a safety outlet for producers. It helps ensure:

  • The well-being of American Agriculture, the environment, and the American People though efficient and equitable administration of farm commodity programs;
  • Farm ownership, operating, and emergency loans;
  • Conservation and environmental programs;
  • Emergency and disaster assistance;
  • Domestic and international food assistance and international export credit programs.

Our Goals are to:

  • Stabilize Farm Income
  • Help Farmers Conserve Land and Water Resources
  • Provide Credit to New or Disadvantaged Farmers
  • Help Farm Operations Recover From the Effects of Disaster

FSA has six regional county offices. Click here to find your office.

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Double-Cropping

Each year, state committees will review and approve or disapprove county committee recommended changes or additions to specific combinations of crops.

Double-cropping is approved when the two specific crops have the capability to be planted and carried to maturity for the intended use, as reported by the producer, on the same acreage within a crop year under normal growing conditions. The specific combination of crops recommended by the county committee must be approved by the state committee.

Double-cropping is approved in New Jersey on a county-by-county basis. Click here to see the list of approved double -cropping combination for 2018 or contact your local FSA Office for a list of approved double-cropping combinations for your county.

A crop following a cover crop terminated according to termination guidelines is approved double cropping and these combinations do not have to be approved by the state committee.

NEW! - Click here to see the 2019 Approved Double Cropping list. 

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New Jersey Accomplishments

See how the Farm Service Agency has benefited New Jersey Agriculture!

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Resources for Small & Mid-Size Farmers


Contact...

Barry Calogero (Biography)
State Executive Director

Farm Service Agency NJ State Office
300 Clocktower Drive, Suite 202
Hamilton Square, NJ 08690
Phone: (609) 587-0104
Fax: Administrative: (855) 305-6635
Programs: (855) 305-6513

Your State Committee
  • Linda A. DuBois (Committee Chair) - Pittsgrove
  • Kurt W. Alstede - Chester
  • Samuel G. Conard - Hillsborough
  • Martin J. Bullock - Cream Ridge
  • Sean Gertner - Jackson

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County Committee Meeting Schedule

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