March 15 deadline NAP crop insurance

Gretchen Ritchey

The Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) deadline is March 15, 2017.
The NAP program provides catastrophic level coverage on the amount of loss that exceeds 50 percent of the expected production at 55 percent of the average market price for the crop. Eligible causes of loss include natural disasters include drought, freeze, hail, excessive moisture, excessive winds, hurricanes, earthquakes and floods.
The NAP service fee is $250 per crop or $750 per producer per administrative county.
The service fee can be waived for producers falling in the following groups:
• beginning farmer; who have not operated a farm for more than 10 years
• limited resource farmer; for the years 2014 and 2015 whose direct and indirect gross farm sales were less than or equal to $173,900 and household adjusted gross income is less than $24,300 (the adjusted gross for Saline County is $29,258).
• targeted underserved farmer; who are a member of a group whose members have been subject to racial, ethnic or gender prejudice (including women).
A 2017 acreage report must be completed prior to the NAP application. If the acreage report has not been previous filed a $46 late charge will be assessed per farm.
For more information about NAP contact the Hot Spring County FSA Office located in Malvern at (501) 337-7381.

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