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Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance program deadline March 15

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Posted: Wednesday, March 14, 2012 3:35 pm

Area producers should be made aware that the deadline to apply for the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program or NAP is Thursday, March 15, according to Wright County Farm Service Agency Directory Clyde Connelly. The NAP program provides financial assistance to producers when low yields, loss of inventory or prevented planning occurs due to natural disasters.

This program allows producers to insure crops not covered by Federal Crop Insurance such as pasture and hay ground. For payment you must have suffered a unit production loss of more than 50 percent, or prevented from planting more than 35 percent of the intended crop acreage. The service fee to obtain coverage is the lesser of $250 per crop or $750 per producer per administrative county, not to exceed a total of $1,875 for a producer with farming interests in multiple counties. Some of the counties west of Wright County were able to pay $5.70 per acre due to the 2011 drought.

There are three ways that the service fee can be waived and NAP insurance can be obtained at no cost. One, the producer has to be determined a beginning farmer which is defined as not operating a farm or ranch, or who has operated a farm or ranch for not more than 10 consecutive years. Or, the producer has to be determined socially disadvantaged which is defined as being a group whose members have been subjected to racial or ethnic prejudice because of their identity as members of a group without regard to their individual qualities. Or, the producer can be determined as limited resource which is defined as in each of the last two years the gross farm sales less than or equal to $163,200 and the adjusted gross income as entered on IRS form 1040, for each of the past two years being less than $22,350. However, producers must obtain coverage on or before March 15 if interested.

For additional information on this or other programs offered by the Wright County Farm Service Agency please come by the office located in Hartville, or phone (417) 741-6195 ext. 2. Producers can also provide us with their e-mail and cell number for electronic notification.