(Huron, SD), September 3, 2015 – South Dakota USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Craig Schaunaman, reminds producers to review available USDA crop risk protection options, including federal crop insurance and Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) coverage, before the fall-seeded crop deadline of September 30, 2015.

South Dakota Producers Urged to Consider Risk Protection Coverage before Fall Crop Sales Deadlines

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Deb Olerud, 605-352-1160
deb.olerud@sd.usda.gov

(Huron, SD), September 3, 2015 – South Dakota USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Craig Schaunaman, reminds producers to review available USDA crop risk protection options, including federal crop insurance and Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) coverage, before the fall-seeded crop deadline of September 30, 2015.

Federal crop insurance covers crop losses from natural adversities such as drought, hail and excessive moisture. NAP covers losses from natural disasters on crops for which no permanent federal crop insurance program is available, including forage and grazing crops, fruits, vegetables, mushrooms, floriculture, ornamental nursery, aquaculture, turf grass, ginseng, honey, syrup, bioenergy, and industrial crops.

The following crops in South Dakota have a NAP application deadline of December 2, 2015: Honey, Apples, Aronia, Asparagus, Plums, Grapes, Raspberries, Rhubarb Root, Strawberries and Mint.

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

USDA has partnered with Michigan State University and the University of Illinois to create an online tool at https://www.fsa.usda.gov/nap that allows producers to determine whether their crops are eligible for federal crop insurance or NAP and to explore the best level of protection for their operation. NAP basic coverage is available at 55 percent of the average market price for crop losses that exceed 50 percent of expected production, with higher levels of coverage, up to 65 percent of their expected production at 100 percent of the average market price available, including coverage for organics and crops marketed directly to consumers. Crops intended for grazing are not eligible for additional NAP coverage.

Federal crop insurance coverage is sold and delivered solely through private insurance agents. Agent lists are available at all USDA Service Centers or at USDA’s online Agent Locator: http://prodwebnlb.rma.usda.gov/apps/AgentLocator/#. Producers can use the USDA Cost Estimator, https://ewebapp.rma.usda.gov/apps/costestimator/Default.aspx, to predict insurance premium costs.

USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced that it has extended winter wheat coverage to all counties in South Dakota. The sales closing date for winter wheat in all counties is September 30, 2015. The final planting date for winter wheat in all counties is October 15, 2015.

Schaunaman reminds producers of perennial forage crops (hay and grazing acres) and fall seeded grains to submit a 2016 acreage report by November 15, 2015. Please contact your local FSA office for an appointment.

For more information on NAP, service fees, premiums and sales deadlines, contact your local FSA office or visit the web at https://www.fsa.usda.gov/nap.

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