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Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) deadline is March 17

Julia A. Wickard, state executive director of USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), reminds producers the deadline to apply for coverage of 2014 crop year spring planted, annual, yield based crops under the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) is March 17. NAP provides financial assistance to producers of non-insurable crops when low yields, loss of inventory or prevented planting occur due to a natural disaster.

"NAP is an important program and provides the necessary protection for crops that may not be eligible for traditional crop insurance," Wickard said.

New participants for crop year 2014, as well as participants who used the limited resource producer waiver for 2013, must file a CCC-471 NAP Application for Coverage in their administrative FSA County Office by March 17. A required administrative fee of $250 per crop (not to exceed $750 per administrative county or $1,875 per producer) must be submitted with the application for coverage. The administrative fee does not apply to producers who meet the definition of limited resource farmer.

Crop year 2013 NAP participants who wish to continue the same coverage on the same crops must submit their service fees to their administrative county office by March 17. Any change to covered crops requires a new, signed CCC-471 NAP Application for Coverage for 2014.

As a NAP participant, producers must annually report acreage by the acreage reporting date for the covered crop(s). Production for each unit, supported by acceptable production records, must also be annually provided by July 15 of the following year.

For additional information on NAP, contact the local FSA office. To locate an office, visit www.fsa.usda.gov/in