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Crop program reduces risks

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The federally-funded Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program helps producers reduce their risk when growing food and fiber crops, specialty crops and crops for livestock feed.

These benefits are only available for crops for which the catastrophic level of crop insurance is not available.

Those crops include pasture, hay (all types), pumpkins, peaches, and other fruits and vegetables.

In the event of a disaster where greater than 50 percent of a crop is destroyed, NAP coverage can help to recoup losses through yield based payments.

Coverage must be purchased by March 15, said Marshall/Bedford/Moore FSA County Director Will Barnes.

Cost is $250 per crop, and producers may insure multiple crops in a county for a cost not to exceed $750 per county.

Participation may make producers eligible for potential future disaster programs, Barnes said.

The FSA office requests that any individual who bought 2012 NAP pasture coverage contact the office to sign an application for payment.

If the county office is authorized to make payments to eligible NAP participants due to the 2012 drought, a request for payment is a necessary step in the process.

The area FSA office has a new toll-free number, (855) 736-2490.

The office can also be reached at (931) 359-6268, ext. 2., or by email at will.barnes@tn.usda.gov.