USDA NEWS TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4

Posted 9 months ago

By Ashley Hinker

USDA BANER

Your Local County FSA office would like to keep you informed of the following items:

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:

  •   February 17, 2014 – USDA Service Center will be closed in Observation of Presidents Day
  •   February 20, 2014 – County Committee Meeting @ 10:00 am 

Due to the high volume of program work and limited staff numbers, producers are encouraged to call and schedule an appointment at the FSA Office in advance to ensure timely service.

Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP)

The sales closing date to purchase NAP coverage is March 15, 2014. This is the effective date for spring seeded crops and forage crops.  The NAP program offers benefits to producers who suffer losses in excess of 50 percent of their approved yield on selected crops that are non-insurable by FCIC.

An eligible producer is an owner, landlord, tenant, or sharecropper who shares in the risk of producing the crop or is entitled to share in the crop available for marketing from the farm or would have shared had the crop been produced.  A producer must be determined “at risk” and have control of the land, however limited, to receive benefits.

To be eligible to receive NAP assistance, a producer must request application, and pay the service fee by the closing date of March 15, 2014.  The service fee is $250 per crop per county or $750 per producer per county.  The fee cannot exceed a total of $1875 per producer with farming interest in multiple counties.  Payment of the service fee is also due at the time the producer files the application.

Qualifying limited resource producers may request a waiver of service fees, if:

  1. In each of the last two years, was your direct or indirect Gross Farm Sales less than or equal to $176,800 per year?
  2. In each of the last two years, was your Total Household Income less than the Dawes County median household income “County/Area Value” of $23,550.00? 

If you answered YES to BOTH questions, you are eligible for NAP FEE WAIVER.

The Limited Resource Farmer/Rancher FY 2014Self-Determination Tool as available at the following website:

www.lrftool.sc.egov.usda.gov/DeterminationTool.aspx?fyYear=2014

**2014 NAP Changes**

The Rainfall Index-Annual Forage Insurance Plan, a privately developed product approved by the FCIC Board under Federal Crop Insurance Act, Section 508(h), offers crop insurance protection for annually planted crops used for livestock feed or fodder and is available for the 2014 crop in Nebraska and South Dakota.

Starting in 2014, RMA is offering a CAT level Rainfall Index-Annual Forage Insurance Plan to producers in Nebraska and South Dakota.

Given the limited time available for producers to transition from NAP to the new RMA pilot CAT level Rainfall Index-Annual Forage Insurance Plan, an exception is being made for 2014 only, to allow NAP coverage to be offered for annually planted crops used for livestock feed or fodder

Starting in 2015, since CAT level coverage will be offered for annually planted forage crops used for livestock feed or fodder, NAP coverage will not be offered for annually planted crops used for livestock feed and fodder.

Interested producers should contact a crop insurance agent for further information. A list of agents can be found on RMA’s web site at www.rma.usda.gov/.

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