2008-01-23 / Farm & Ranch

NAP insurance application closing date set for March 15, 2008

Producers may apply for Spring, Fall annually planted crops

Producers in need of insurance coverage for Spring and Fall annually planted crops under the Noninsured Crop Assistance Program (NAP) have until March 15, 2008 to apply for coverage on certain crops for which the catastrophic level of insurance is not regularly available, said Anastacio Cavazos, II Executive Director for the Willacy County Farm Service Agency (FSA).

"Crop insurance is an important risk management tool for producers, but it's not available for all crops. That's why NAP is so important," said Cavazos.

NAP is a federally funded program that provides financial assistance to producers of noninsurable crops when low yields, loss of inventory of prevented planting occurs because of natural disasters.

"Producers must apply for coverage before disaster strikes," said Cavazos. "Like regular crop insurance, once an application period closes, the opportunity to obtain coverage is gone."

NAP applications for coverage on the following crops must be filed and service fees paid, by March 15, 2008, the applications closing date: (Beans, Fall Corn, Peas, Fall Sorghum, and Squash).

NAP coverage requires a service fee of $100 per crop, per producer with a $300 cap per county. Out-of-pocket expenses will not exceed $900 for any producer, even if production occurs in multiple counties. Services fees may be waived for eligible limited resource producers.

Crops eligible for NAP coverage are those for which standard crop insurance is not available, and include fruits and vegetables, aquaculture, pecans, turfgrass and forage crops.

Application closing dates vary by crop, and producers should contact the Willacy County FSA office at (956) 689-2437 for details. More information on NAP and other disaster assistance programs is available online at http:/ /www.fsa.usda.gov.

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