To be eligible for disaster assistance programs, like Supplemental Revenue Assistance Program or SURE, producers are required to purchase, at a minimum, catastrophic coverage for all insurable crops and/or Non-Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program coverage for all non-insurable crops on their entire farm. That's the word from Brymer Humphreys, New York's executive director of USDA's Farm Service Agency.
That change was brought about by the 2008 Farm Bill. And the sign up deadline for NAP is December 1.
NAP was designed to reduce financial losses that occur when natural disasters cause a catastrophic loss of production or prevented planting of an eligible crop. It's the coverage equivalent to catastrophic insurance. NAP is required for commercial crops or agricultural commodities, except livestock, for which CAT is not available. For instance, crops with a December 1st deadline include finfish, Christmas trees, flowers, ginseng, turfgrass sod, mushrooms, ornamental nursery, small grains, apples, blueberries, peaches, grapes, pears, honey and maple sap.
NAP provides financial assistance to producers of noninsurable crops when low yields, loss of inventory or prevented planting occurs due to natural disasters. NAP coverage for 2009 costs $250 per crop, but not more than $750 per producer per county. It's capped at $1,875 per producer for all counties.
Producers with coverage on 2008 NAP crops may choose to continue coverage on the same crop or crops for 2009, if the applicable service fee is submitted by the application closing date. In that case, a new CCC-471 application for coverage isn't required for continuous coverage of the same crop or crops.
For more information on NAP, contact your local USDA Service Center or FSA County Office.