Julia A. Wickard, Executive Director of USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Indiana recently reminded producers that the deadline to apply for Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) coverage is Monday, March 15, for spring seeded crops.
Producers are reminded about the need for insurance coverage on crops to remain eligible for the agency's disaster assistance programs such as Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments Program (SURE), Livestock Forage Disaster Assistance Program (LFP), Tree Assistance Program (TAP), and Emergency Assistance for Livestock Program (ELAP).
Producers must purchase at least catastrophic (CAT) level of insurance for all insurable crops.
"NAP is a tool in the risk management toolbox that producers may utilize in their farming operations," Wickard said.
NAP is a federally funded program that provides coverage to producers for non-insurable crops when low yields, loss of inventory or prevented planting occurs due to natural disasters.
Crops eligible for NAP coverage are those for which crop insurance is not available.
In Indiana, NAP coverage would be needed for spring seeded fruits and vegetables not covered by crop insurance.
Producers must apply for coverage before a disaster strikes. NAP applications for coverage must be filed using Form CCC-471 and pay the applicable service fees by the closing date.
Application closing dates vary by crop. Producers should contact their local FSA Office for specific crop application sales closing dates.
More information about NAP may be accessed on the FSA website, www.fsa.usda.gov.