The deadline has been extended for producers to obtain or modify higher levels of coverage through the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program.
This program protects against poor forage crop quality due to drought or other natural disasters where the forage is intended for mechanical harvest. USDA NY Farm Service Agency Executive Director James Barber said the deadline is now Nov. 13.
“For some 2016 forage crops, the application deadline for NAP occurred before information became available to measure losses due to quality that could influence loss payments, so we extended the deadline so that producers have more time to decide what type of modified coverage works best for their operation,” said Barber.
The Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program protects agricultural crops for which crop insurance is not available from losses due to natural disasters, such as drought, freeze, hail, excessive moisture, excessive wind or hurricanes. The program offers basic coverage at 55 percent of the average market price for crop losses exceeding 50 percent of expected production, and higher levels of coverage, up to 65 percent of expected production at 100 percent of the average market price. Higher coverage is not available on grazing crops.
However, the extension does not afford producers the opportunity to purchase basic 50/55 NAP coverage.
Producers interested in adjusting their NAP coverage must submit the appropriate paperwork to their local FSA county office before the Nov. 13 deadline. To find your local USDA Service Center go to http://offices.usda.gov. For more details on the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program, visit www.fsa.usda.gov/nap.