VALLEY — USDA’s Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) wants to remind agricultural producers that Monday, December 2 is the deadline to obtain crop year 2014 NAP coverage for perennial crops intended for forage and grazing. These crop include established alfalfa, native & improved grass, mixed forages, clover and honey.
Because the regular deadline of December 1st is on Sunday, the county office will accept applications for coverage thru Monday December 2nd.
Also please note that the acreage reporting deadline for crop year 2014 fall seeded and perennial crops has changed to Friday, November 15. The FSA staff has established appointments and post cards have been sent out. FSA strongly encourages producers to make these appointments so that these acreage reports maybe considered timely.
Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) provides financial assistance to producers of noninsurable crops when low yields, loss of inventory or prevented planting occur due to natural disasters. An eligible producer is a landowner, tenant or sharecropper who shares in the risk of producing an eligible crop.
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. This fee is authorized by the 2008 Act. Limited resource producers may request a waiver of service fees.
To qualify for an administrative service fee waiver, the producer must meet both of the following criteria: earn no more than $100,000 (2004) gross income in farm sales from each of the previous two years (to be increased starting in FY 2004 to adjust for inflation, using the prices paid by farmers index as compiled by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS); have a total household income at or below the national poverty level for a family of four, or less than 50 percent of county median household for both of the previous two years.
Please contact Farm Service Agency County Offices for more details.