USDA reminds producers of application closing dates for noninsurable
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[August 06, 2011]
SPRINGFIELD -- The
USDA Farm Service Agency state executive director, Scherrie
Giamanco, urges producers who want to purchase 2012 coverage through
the Noninsurable Crop Disaster Assistance Program to do so before
the applicable sales closing dates.
The program, known as NAP, provides financial assistance to
producers of noninsurable crops when low yields, loss of inventory
or prevented planting occur due to normal disasters.
"Purchasing a crop insurance policy is an easy way for producers
to practice risk management," said Giamanco. "This year alone has
proved that natural disasters can directly affect the profitability
and recovery of agricultural operations."
NAP application closing dates for
Aug. 31 -- canola
Sept. 1 --
Christmas trees, aquaculture, turfgrass sod, floriculture and
Sept. 30 -- forage
and grazed crops (such as alfalfa, mixed forages and grass),
barley and rye
Nov. 20 -- fruit
and perennial crops, such as apples, asparagus, blueberries,
caneberries, grapes, nectarines, peaches, pears, plums, rhubarb
Dec. 1 -- honey
March 15, 2012 -- spring- and
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 offers coverage for a
crop in the county, then NAP coverage is not available for that
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.
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Eligible producers can apply for coverage using Form CCC-471,
Application for Coverage. Producers must file the application and
service fee by the application deadline. 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.
For more information on sales closing dates and NAP, contact your
local county FSA office.
[Text from file received from
Illinois Farm Service Agency]